Many communities — big and small — are planning their own special party to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. One of the biggest crowds is expected in downtown Kingston… where final preparations for Saturday’s day long event are underway. It will feature a parade, proclamation, performances… a big birthday cake. And…. weather permitting… a fireworks show. Mike Postovit has a preview of what you can expect.
The prep work continued — despite the rain. In fact — it was “very” busy in front of Kingston City Hall. Whether it was setting-up the stage at the Brock Street end — or the ferris wheel — yes ferris wheel located just past Clarence Street. There was certainly plenty on the go. There was even a midday wedding. But this is all about Saturday July 1st.
Bryan Paterson/Kingston Mayor
“It’s going to be the best Canada Day that we’ve every had here in Kingston — that’s for sure.”
Sue Hitchcock/Special Events Coordinator
“They don’t need to go to Ottawa to celebrate Canada 150 because it’s going to be epic here in Kingston. So stay in town.
Jaclyn Grimmon/Recreation Programs Manager
“The unique element to this year is the city — Downtown Kingston, Kingston Accommodation Partners, Tourism have all really teamed-up to focus the attention on all of the activities being downtown.”
Activities include the Limestone Mile — the People Parade. A civic ceremony — as well as a sail past.
“Certainly the big cap-off to the evening is the big fireworks show that will be going-on and it can be viewed from a lot of areas — certainly Confederation Park will be a great spot to view those fireworks.”
Let’s get back to that ferris wheel — and obviously something unique.
“It’s a 1930’s vintage ferris wheel — it’s actually a museum piece that they only
bring-out for special occasions. We called all over Canada and the U.S. looking for a ferris wheel — and this is the one we found.
As for the mayor — he can’t wait for Canada Day and the 150 celebrations.
“I think the fact that Kingston was Canada’s first capital city has really instilled so much pride in our city about being Canadian and we’re really proud of the role that we’ve played in Canadian history whether it being the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister — being the rebirth place of the Canadian flag — there are so many different key significant moments in Canadian history that you can trace back here to Kingston.”
Thinking of heading downtown — city officials say you might want to think public transit.
Jeremy DaCosta/Kingston Transit Manager
“We have extended service hours on all of our express routes on Canada Day — giving people a chance to get down and enjoy the festivities — watch the fireworks and get home using public transit.”
The fireworks are scheduled to get underway at 10pm. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston.