Hamilton's Canada Day fireworks celebration is back for another year on Tuesday, July 1. Every year, the event draws over 30,000 people to Hamilton's waterfront. Here's what you need to know:
Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks. Fireworks will be launched from the northwest point of Bayfront Park, which means a section of the park will be closed on Monday, re-opening on Wednesday at noon.
How to get there
Public parking is limited in the area. The city is encouraging residents to walk, bike or take the free HSR shuttle to the event to minimize traffic.
The shuttle bus service starts at the east side of John Street (just north of King Street) and ends in Pier 4 Park. Shuttle service begins at 6 p.m.
Look for signage at bus stop locations. For more information on routes, visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr.
Local entertainers will perform throughout the parks starting at 6 p.m.
A dozen Ontario food trucks will also be there from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Choose from Southern BBQ, Greek specialties, poutine, grilled cheese, tacos, hot dogs, ice cream and more.
Fireworks display will start at 10 p.m.
If high winds or other severe weather conditions prevent the fireworks due to safety concerns, the celebration and related transit services will take place on Wednesday.
What to bring
- Lawn chars or blankets.
- sunscreen and hat.
- Show your Canadian spirit by wearing red and white on Canada Day. Bring flags or wear shirts or hats sporting the maple leaf.
- This year, the public is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Welcome Inn Community Centre's Emergency Food Bank, which serves over 14,000 people in the city every year. Food donation can be dropped off at the Information Tents in Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks
What you need to know
No personal fireworks (including sparklers), barbeques or alcohol is allowed in parks. Also, smoking is prohibited in all city parks.
With the exception of registered service animals, all dogs are recommended to stay at home since it will be extremely busy and crowds and fireworks are stressful for most dogs.
Where to find more information
For more information about Hamilton's Canada Day celebration, including shuttle schedule, visit the event page or call Tourism Hamilton at 905 526 2666.