Festivities in Saskatchewan on Thursday celebrated good music, football and the nation's birthday.

In Saskatoon, hundreds of people took advantage of the sun and the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival's free stage at Kiwanis Park to celebrate Canada Day.

"Where else would you rather be in the world than in Canada?" asked Peggy Medernach, who was a attending an outdoor jazz performance. "What a wonderful opportunity to be born here and live here and have your children grow up here. A free country, we have so many liberties, and you really don't understand that until you go somewhere else and see how good you have it."

Many attending the Jazz Festival said they planned to move their lawn chairs to Diefenbaker Park for Canada Day fireworks at dusk.

Salute in Regina

Canada Day in Regina began with a 21-gun salute at Wascana Park to a crowd wearing red and white. Event organizers said the weather was perfect.

"The weather makes a huge difference," said Carissa Robb of the Wascana Centre Authority. "It's not too hot, but it's hot. It's a great day to be outside, so I think everybody's going to have a fabulous time."

But before the fireworks Thursday night in the capital city, some people planned to interrupt their Canada Day celebrations to watch the Saskatchewan Roughriders take on the Montreal Alouettes.

"We're going to take in all the festivites at the park," Marcy Preston said. "Around 5 p.m. we're going to be at the Riders game and then tonight we're going to be back to watch the fireworks."

For those not able attend the game, the park planned to show it live on a big screen.

A fireworks display was scheduled for 10:30 p.m. at the park's lakeside.