The top 10 Canada Day fireworks in Toronto for 2014
Canada Day Fireworks in Toronto are typically the showiest of year, and 2014 has plenty of options spread across the city. Along with the hundreds of small community celebrations in parks and and backyards around town (get your fireworks here), Canada Day witnesses a swell of official ceremonies, including what is always a hugely popular event at the Harbourfront in Toronto.
Of particular note is that this particular celebration goes down on June 30th, the day before the official holiday. That's a really good thing if you plan on taking psychedelic drugs and want to use the next day to recover. It's also good if you have kids that will be staying up past their bedtime. Everybody wins!
Here are your best bets for Canada Day fireworks in Toronto for 2014.
Like last year, Harbourfront hosts its fireworks show on June 30 (10:30-11pm), dubbing its celebration "Canada Day Eve." In addition to fireworks, Harbourfront will be hosting an array of other Canada Day celebrations from June 27 to July1. The pyrotechnics will be fired from two barges in the harbour and will last for just over 20 minutes.
The Canada Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay are scheduled to take place just after 9:30 pm on July 1. Always one of the most popular shows, it's best to arrive early to secure a good viewing location.
The fireworks celebrations at Centennial Park overlap with the tail end of Toronto Ribfest (June 27 to July 1). The show goes off at 10pm on Canada Day. Arrive early and clear the place out of remaining ribs.
The fireworks spectacle at Downsview Park is scheduled to take place shortly after 10pm on the birthday of our fair nation. Viewing from both the Meadow and Festival Terrace will be available. Bonus: free parking.
Mel Lastman Square
The fireworks at Mel Lastman Square (beginning at 10:15pm) will serve as the grand finale to Canada Day festivities that get underway at 5pm. Musical entertainment includes JUNO award-winner Justin Rutledge.
Canada's Wonderland fireworks show goes down on July 1st at 10pm, and features over 6000 little explosions as one of the biggest shows around. Admission to the park is $39.99 when purchased in advance and $47.99 on the day of.
Mississauga's Celebration Square
The Celebration Square festivities will begin at 4pm on July 1 with a host of food trucks and live music. DJ 4Korners will be on the decks throughout the day and the main stage will feature performances from Trouble & Daughter,Tyler Shaw, JUNO Award-winner JRDN, and Alyssa Reid. The fireworks get underway at 10pm.
Stan Wadlow Park
East York has host of Canada Day events planned for July 1st, including a parade that leaves Dieppe Park and head to Stan Wadlow Park at 10:30am. After a day of live music and other entertainment, the fireworks get underway at 10pm.
Richmond Green Park (Richmond Hill)
Richmond Green Park's fireworks will begin at 10pm after a full day of community celebrations (gates open at 11am). Activities include a retail marketplace, art exhibition and a Bavarian-style beer garden. Those fireworks are gonna look great!
Bayfront Park (Hamilton)
If you live in the far west end or just want to check out booming Hamilton, there's also an impressive display planned for Bayfront Park on Canada Day at 10pm. There's also an aerial show at 8pm that sounds promising.