Nova Scotia

Fireworks and parades on Canada Day: Events across Nova Scotia

Canada's 149th birthday is in full swing across Nova Scotia with plenty of celebrations from one end of the province to the other.

Plenty of music and cake to go around this July 1 in Nova Scotia

The line for pancake breakfast at Halifax's Grand Parade Friday morning. (Mayor Mike Savage/Twitter)

Canada's 149th birthday is in full swing across Nova Scotia with plenty of celebrations from one end of the province to the other. Here are some of the highlights:


In Yarmouth, they're cutting the Canada Day cake at noon as part of a day full of music, dancing and even a taekwondo demonstration. It wraps up with the fireworks at dusk and a lobster rock-and-roll dance at the Lions Club.


In downtown Weymouth, a lumberjack show stars at 11 a.m., followed by live music, a chicken barbecue, washer toss tournament and and ox pull. The day ends with live music and fireworks.


There's a full day of activities happening at the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater. Activities start just before noon with a traditional Mi'kmaq smudging ceremony, followed by a full day of live music, food and activities for the kids, including trail rides and a petting zoo.


Willow Park is hosting an afternoon of games, face painting and even a park-wide water fight until 3 p.m.


Activities are planned for both sides of the harbour. The Nova Scotia Tattoo takes to the streets for a parade through central Halifax starting at 10:30 a.m.

In the afternoon, there are free concerts happening at the Public Gardens and at Sullivan's Pond in Dartmouth. On the waterfront, HMCS Summerside will be open to the public for the entire weekend.

Later in the day, Kid Koala is headlining the annual free concert at Alderney Landing with doors opening at 5 p.m. The day wraps up with a fireworks display over Halifax harbour beginning at 10 p.m.


An afternoon of live music, food and activities are planned for Victoria Square from 1 to 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk at the Robb Centennial Complex.


Victoria Park is the location for live music, food and a bouncy castle for the kids starting at 12:30 p.m. The town's annual fireworks display begins at 10:15 p.m. on Marshland Drive.

Music lovers in Truro have the big ticket tonight with The Beach Boys playing the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. A few tickets are still left and available at


Across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, an evening of live music headlined by Gordie Sampson is scheduled for Wentworth Park in Sydney starting at 6 p.m. For more details on events happening across the municipality, check out the CBRM's Canada Day website.

With files from Julian Brown