Canada will be a year older on July 1 and Welland has plenty to celebrate.
A variety of activities including a rock climbing wall, inflatables, cartoon and graffiti artists, lawn games and Pop Up in the Park will take place at Merritt Park in honor of Canada Day between 14 a.m. and 6 p.m.
At the same time, on King Street, there will be KubKar Racing Scouts, food vendors, buskers and synthetic ice curling.
Juno Award-winning Derek Miller with special guests Grace 2 (a Tragically Hip tribute band) will perform at the Merritt Park Amphitheater beginning at 7 p.m.
The celebration will end with a fireworks display at dusk, with a rain date scheduled for July 2.
Pelham also has big plans for the day, with a celebration at Harold Black Park.
The Grand Parade will descend Haist Street from the AK Wigg School to the park at 3 p.m.
After the parade, families and individuals will enjoy a welcoming ceremony, family activities, sports and an entertainment stage featuring local talent. Activities include the Rotary Club of Fonthill children’s area with bouncers, face painting and snow cones from 1pm to 6pm.
Pelham also offers a Canada Day coloring contest, a bike decorating contest and a house decorating contest. For more information on the contests, visit www.pelham.ca.
Performances include the Jimmy Marando Swing Band at 3 p.m., No More View at 5 p.m., Joshua Arden Miller and The Pappy Johns Band at 6:30 p.m., and By Design at 8 p.m.
Fireworks will be set off in the backfield of Harold Black Park at 10 p.m. to wrap up the festivities at 10 p.m.