What you need to know about Canada Day in Burlington


Published June 28, 2024 at 4:10 pm

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July 1 will bring a bunch of activities to Burlington, but there will also be some road closures and some things you can’t do.

Most of the celebrations will be centred at Spencer Smith Park with events presented throughout the day. This includes a new inflatable zone for kids as well as dog shows, food vendors, activity providers and entertainment.

At night, for their first, remotely controlled drones will put on a show in the sky above the lake. The grand finale, of course, will be a fireworks display.

Here is the lineup of events at the park on July 1 at Spencer Smith Park:

  • 9 a.m. – yoga in the park
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon – dog show
  • Noon to 7 p.m. – inflatable Zzone
  • 1:30 to 2 p.m. – dog show
  • 2 p.m. – citizenship ceremony
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. – dog show
  • 4 p.m. – opening ceremonies
  • 5:15 p.m. – Bharatham Academy of Indian Dance
  • 6 to 7 p.m. – Nagata Shachu, Japanese Taiko drumming
  • 7:45 to 10 p.m. – King Cruff (Bob Marley’s grandson) will be performing
  • 9:30 p.m. – drones
  • 10 p.m. – fireworks

Because of limited parking opportunities by the lakefront, the City of Burlington encourages residents to use other transportation options such as cycling, walking, carpooling or Burlington Transit.

An accessible, free shuttle service will run from noon to 11:30 p.m. The shuttle will pick up and drop off people at Mainway Arena (4015 Mainway) and the downtown John Street Bus Terminal. Free bike parking will be available near the Waterfront Hotel for cyclists to secure their bikes.

Burlington Transit is running a Sunday schedule with routes ending between 8 and 10 p.m. on July 1. Plan your trip on myride.burlington.ca.

With celebrations come road closures.

On July 1, Lakeshore Road will be closed from 9 to 11:30 p.m. to accommodate the fireworks crowd. The street will reopen as soon as possible thereafter.

The area that will be shut down is Lakeshore between Elizabeth Street and Maple Avenue.

Vehicles parked illegally in the event area will be tagged or towed to allow emergency access.

Emergency Services access will be maintained at all times in the event area. All impacted businesses and residents in the road closure area will not be granted access to properties. Police will be on hand to make sure things run smoothly.

As for Burlington Transit, detours for routes 2,3,4,10 will be in place from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Parking is free in downtown Burlington on Canada Day…if you can find a spot.

And, because July 1 is a national holiday, these places will be closed

  • Banks
  • City Hall
  • No Canada Post mail delivery
  • Most Halton Region offices and services, although all 24-hour/essential services remain open
  • Community centres, seniors’ centres, indoor pools, arenas and libraries
  • Burlington Centre
  • Mapleview Mall

There will also be no mail delivery and Canada Day and regular garbage/recycling pick up will happen the next day.


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