Fun for the whole family awaits in Brockville this Canada Day

Photo via City of Brockville

Grab the sunscreen and don your best red and white outfits​ because the City of Brockville is inviting locals and tourists to come together to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend in style.

The year 2024 marks the 157th anniversary since Canada gained its independence as a country, and the City of Brockville and Brockville Tourism are making the most of the occasion.

The long weekend is starting off strong on Thursday, June ​​27 with Brockville Arts Centre At The Movies’ viewing of The Great Escaper and Downtown Brockville’s Shop the Street Western Dance Party from 4 to 8 p.m. The Brockville Arts Centre will be presenting both a matinee and evening showing of the film on both Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. The first screening will be held between 2: and 3:35 p.m. and the second screening will be between 7 and 8:35 p.m.

On Friday, June 28,The 1000 Islands Regatta will kick off with a performance by the long-standing Canadian band 54-40. 

The two-day 1000 Islands Regatta racing event will officially begin on the morning of Saturday, June 29. The event will be kicked off with a performance by Canadian musician Ian Thornley and his band Big Wreck. The Brockville Farmers’ Market and the Perth Street Market will also be held on Saturday afternoon.

On Monday, July 1, the City has a full day of activities planned for the whole family to enjoy.

People who would like to pay homage to Canada’s history are encouraged to make their way to Brockville City Hall at 11:45 a.m. This is where The Brockville Pipe and Drum Corp will lead a march of the scarlet-clad infantry re-enactors, as well as representatives of The Brockville Rifles, and The Brockville Fire Department and Police Services. According to the City of Brockville website, the march will pay tribute to the individuals who have “served our country in time of war and time of peace, along with a number of local dignitaries.”

At noon, dignitaries and participants will gather on the Court House Green to sing the National Anthem before the official speeches are given. Following the speeches, free cupcakes will be handed out to those in the community to help get the party started. 

From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a free community breakfast offered at St. John Bosco Church at 175 Windsor Drive in Brockville. The whole family can indulge in pancakes and coffee while partaking in games, music, face painting and more.

The Brockville Branch ’96 Legion is being honoured at a free “Celebrate Canada” event for the whole family to enjoy on Monday, July 1 from 1 – 5 p.m. This event is made possible by the joint organizing efforts of Building Brockville, Brockville Tourism and Brockville Young Professionals. 

Some of the free activities being offered on the outdoor legion field include games, face painting, a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows and more. The event will be taking place at 180 Park Street, Brockville. To learn more and RSVP, visit their Facebook page

For those who are looking for a little more of a party, The Roost (Moose McGuire’s) will be hosting a Marina Canada Day Party between 4 and 11 p.m. The evening will entail live music, a beer tent and a great view of the fireworks when night falls.

At 9:45 p.m., The City of Brockville will be putting on a fireworks display from Blockhouse Island to light up the night sky above the St. Lawrence River. The City noted that Blockhouse Island will be closed to vehicles from 7 p.m. onwards to prepare for the fireworks event.


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