That’s it! School’s out for summer. The kids will be racing home from school this afternoon singing “No more pencils. No more books. No more teacher’s dirty looks!” (Well, that was the case in my day anyway). Summer officially begins for the younger set and to celebrate, we get to throw a birthday party. For CANADA!

What do you have planned for this long weekend? Do you have a trunk full of fireworks to shake up the neighbourhood? Are your face painting crayons ready to colour in bright red maple leaves on the whole family? Perhaps you are having a neighbourhood pool party with a red and white theme to cheer in Canada’s 145th birthday.  Here are a few more ideas for you to consider.


  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village:

    Before we recognized July 1st as Canada Day, it was celebrated as Dominion Day. The folks out at Fanshawe Pioneer Village continue to celebrate Dominion Day just as it was done way back in 1867. This year they will be serving cake and lemonade, as they share a bit of history from Canada’s beginnings. There will also be patriotic speeches, historical debates and a vintage baseball game to thrill the good people in attendance.

  • East Lions Park:

    Head out to East London and celebrate Canada Day in a big way. The East London Optimists will be hosting a bash at the East Lions Park at the corner of Wavell and Edmonton that you should be sure not to miss. There will be bouncy castles and face painting for the kids. Music, raffle tickets and vendors for the adults, and a barbeque for everyone to enjoy. Plus, there will be a firefighters demonstration and of course fireworks at 10pm. And if it gets too hot for you, just jump into the pool (open til 5:30pm). Did I happen to mention that you get all of these activities for free? You can’t beat that price!

  • South London Community Centre:

    Not to be outdone, the Community Council of White Oaks and the South London Neighbourhood Centre will again be hosting a Canada Day celebration of their own. They too will have free inflatable rides, a kid zone, live music and a variety of food vendors. Plus, there is a wading pool, a family movie showing from 6:30-8pm and fireworks beginning at 10pm. Head out to 1119 Jalna Blvd and look for all the smiling faces. If you make it by 3:15, you’ll even get cake out of the deal!

  • Harris Park:

    For those of you in the downtown area, Harris Park is the place to be this Canada Day. With an opening ceremony that will feature a pow-wow at noon, the playing of the national anthem, free cake and lots of other entertainment, who wouldn’t want to be there? You’ll find artisans displaying their wares, exhibits from local groups, food, and a special salute to our Canadian heroes. Don’t forget the fireworks starting at 10pm! It will be a day to remember and you should definitely be there!

    Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians this July 1st long weekend!