Canada Day is Friday, July 1st, 2016, and Mississauga is blessed with a variety of options for Canada Day celebrations, from grand spectacles at Celebration Square to community-focused events in Churchill Meadows. No matter where you are, you’ll find fun in every corner of our city. And yes, all the events include everyone’s favourite Canada Day tradition – fireworks! What better way to celebrate the birth of Confederation than with colourful explosions in the sky?
Canada Day at Celebration Square
2 pm to 10:30 pm
300 City Centre Drive
The biggest party in the city, Celebration Square sees attendance of approximately 100,000 people on Canada Day. This year’s action packed event will feature musical performances from incredible rock stars The Strumbellas and Juno-nominated folk-pop songstress Ria Mae, among many others. The Official Ceremony begins at 4 pm with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the Canadian Citizenship reaffirmation oath. Fireworks kick off at 10:20 pm.
For the kids, Camp Canuck will be fielding activities from 2 pm to 6pm: there will be the ever-popular face painting, perennial favourite children’s entertainer Fred Penner, crafts, trivia, and giveaways.
Of course, no Celebration Square event would be complete without a cornucopia of food trucks all day long, from poutine to churros and everything in between. And what could be more authentically Canadian than indulging in a delicious Beavertail?
Paint the Town Red
11 am to 10 pm
32 Stavebank Road
If City Centre is Mississauga’s head, Port Credit is its beating heart. This charming part of town is bursting with unique energy, which is on display in spades during Canada Day. The Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade kicks off at 11 am sharp and features a number of incredible floats and uniquely decorated vehicles, as well as some very entertaining performers. The party continues at Port Credit Memorial Park with a variety of musical guests, capping the night off with an incredible fireworks display at 10:10 pm.
Canada Day in Streetsville
6 pm to 10 pm
335 Church Street
All these other Canada Day celebrations go from morning until night, but Streetsville knows you want just the good stuff – so they pack an entire day’s worth of fun into just a few hours. Festivities start at 6 pm in Streetsville Village Square, with Opening Ceremonies and Cake Cutting at 7 pm, and fireworks hitting the sky over Streetsville Memorial Park at 10 pm.
Canada Day in Malton
5 pm to 10 pm
7205 Goreway Drive
Did you know that last year, over 10,000 people attended this Canada Day celebration? If you live in Malton, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know your community. Live entertainment, face painters, great food, and of course – FIREWORKS at 10 pm – are all on tap at Westwood Square.
Canada Day in the Meadows
Noon to 10 pm
3370 McDowell Drive
If you live in the northwest end of the city and feel like celebrating somewhere within walking distance, Churchill Meadows Community Common hosts an all-day event featuring bouncy castles, pony rides, a petting zoo and much more from noon to 7 pm, followed by musical performances from 7 pm until the fireworks go off at 9:45 pm. This is a great under-the-radar option for people who want to avoid huge crowds and traffic, but still get in the Canada Day spirit.
What's open and closed on Friday July 1, 2016
- Square One is open from 11 AM to 6 PM, but the entire City Centre area is going to be packed with people heading to the Celebration Square party.
- Whole Foods adjacent to Square One will also be open from 10 AM to 7 PM, for those of you who are willing to brave the City Centre crowds for some last-minute barbecue essentials.
- Movie Theatres are also open, because in the words of 90's one-hit wonder Harvey Danger, "the movies are always open."
- All malls and shopping centres other than Square One (including Heartland, Erin Mills Town Centre, etc.) are closed.
- The LCBO and Beer Store are closed, so stock up on what you need before Friday.
- Loblaws and all other major grocery chains are also closed. That Whole Foods is starting to look pretty good right now, isn't it?
- Libraries and community centres will be closed.
- Garbage and recycling pickup are on their regular schedule - no delays, and no excuses not to take out the trash this time.