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Here's what's in store in Hamilton as Canada turns 154

As we approach Canada’s 154th birthday, many are asking what will Canada Day look like this year.

Here's what's happening in Hamilton for Canada Day 2021

A scenic view of the City of Hamilton. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Canada Day will look different in Hamilton this year, as the province moves into Step 2 of re-opening, but also in how it's celebrated.

Fireworks will be permitted for private use, but large scale displays are still on hold for now.

The city hasn't banned fireworks like last year, but urges residents to take the proper steps to ensure the safe use and disposal of fireworks.

It is important to choose a clear, open space away from buildings, combustible materials, overhead wires or tree branches, the city said in a new release.

The release also said people should keep a hose or pail of water nearby and reminded the public that people under 18 aren't allowed to set off fireworks.

What will the weather be like on Canada Day?

As of Tuesday afternoon, Environment Canada is calling for a rainy Canada Day in Hamilton with a high of 21 C.

In the evening, the rain will continue with a low of 15 C.

No large-scale displays of fireworks are permitted this Canada Day. (Rick Hughes )

Friday forecasts show a mix of sun and cloud with a 30 per cent chance of showers and high of 21 C again.

The city issued a heat warning on Monday, reminding residents to stay safe in the hot weather.

What will be open on Canada Day?

One day before Canada Day, Hamilton moves into step two of re-opening, which will mean fewer pandemic restrictions.

People will be able to gather with up to 5 people indoors, and those people don't have to live in the same household. Outdoor gatherings and organized public events of up to 25 people will also be permitted.

Those visiting patios will be able to seat 6 people per table for outdoor dining.

Personal care services where masks can be worn, like hair salons and barber shops, will resume at a reduced capacity.

People visiting patios will be able to seat 6 people per table for outdoor dining. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Public libraries, outdoor event spaces, outdoor amusement and water parks, outdoor sports games without contact, horse racing, motor speedways and outdoor cinemas and performing arts spaces will also open at 25 per cent capacity.

Non-essential shopping and indoor malls will open with restrictions and a 25 per cent cap for shoppers in each store.

People heading out and still unsure of the rules can check out the roadmap to reopen set by the province.

"Moving into these steps, and done safely, this is going to be a great way to enjoy some things outside and get back to a little more of that normal summer activity," Paul Johnson, the city's Emergency Operations Centre director said.

Virtual festival during Canada Day

It's Your Festival, hosted by the Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council, will take place online on July 1 and 2.

Each day of virtual gatherings will start with a Haudenosaunee Six Nations ceremony by Allan Loft and Tom Reape of the Healthy Aboriginal Men's Circle to honour the spirits of the Residential School children lost, their families and all people.

Some of the many artists set to perform in the two day celebration include Juno award winner Leroy "Artist" Brown, OPA Greek ensemble and the Midnight Hombres.

Outdoor activities during Canada Day

Parks and green spaces are open to the public, including outdoor pools, splash pads and the Dundas Driving Park wading pool. Remaining wading pools are set to re-open July 5.

The city also has resources and self-guided activities available on their website for people and families looking to enjoy the outdoors on their own.

The activities focus on "getting out and enjoying recreation by doing some activities planned by some professionals who have great ideas about how we can have fun outdoors," Johnson said.

Sports games without contact will be allowed again. (CBC)

More sports games will also be permitted after moving into Step 2 of re-opening on Wednesday, given they are played without contact, very minimal contact or can be modified to avoid contact between players.

There won't be any restrictions on the number of people allowed on the field or spectators.

The Royal Botanical Gardens will be open as will local waterfalls (though some waterfalls require advance booking).

And there's the Starlite Drive-in Theatre with movies starting at 9:30 p.m. on Canada Day.

Where can I get food on Canada Day?

Street Eats market opens on July 1 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Burlington GO Station.

The market at 2101 Fairview Street will be open with a wide variety of food truck vendors.

Nickelbrook Brewing company is also hosting a Canada Day market with pop-up shopping is available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. depending on the weather, with roughly 15 vendors attending. Nickelbrook will still be open to serve beers at the bottle shop.

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