Residents are encouraged to keep safety top of mind this Victoria Day long weekend and exercise caution with private backyard fireworks displays.

Under the City of Kitchener Municipal Code, fireworks can only be set off on privately owned property, provided residents are able to meet the setback requirements, on Victoria Day, Canada Day and Diwali, and the day immediately before and after these holidays. Fireworks are not permitted to be set off on any City-owned lands, parks or schoolyards. Fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Questions about fireworks can be directed to the Kitchener Fire Department at 519-741-2496 or the corporate contact centre at 519-741-2345. In the event of an emergency or dangerous situation, always call 911. For more information on fireworks safety, visit


Kitchener City Hall will be closed during the Victoria Day long weekend.


The market remains open for the farmers’ market on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will be closed as usual on Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23.


All Kitchener Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 23. 


City pools will be closed Monday, May 23, while City splashpads will remain open throughout the holiday weekend.


All community centres are closed Monday, May 23 for the Victoria Day holiday.  


The Activa Sportsplex including the Lyle S. Hallman walking track will be open Friday, May 20 from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.,

Saturday, May 21 and Sunday May 22 from 8 a.m. – 8p.m, as well as Monday, May 23 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All other community arenas are open for scheduled rentals only.

The Aud including The Activa box office will be open Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. for the KW Titans playoff game.

If the Titans advance to a playoff game on Saturday, The Aud and the Activa box office will be open 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Jack Couch ballpark at The Aud will be open for the Kitchener Panthers home opener on Monday, May 23 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Budd Park indoor soccer facility will be open for scheduled rentals during the Victoria Day long weekend.


For more information: 

Bethany Rowland

Director, Corporate Communications & Marketing

City of Kitchener