This year, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday. This momentous event is being celebrated all across Canada, but there is no better place to sing happy birthday to your country than in Markham. There are varying celebrations going on all over the city with parades, live music, citizenship ceremonies and of course, fireworks, all happening this July 1st. So whether you were born in Canada or this is your first year here, get out and celebrate all that this great country has to offer.
This year, the City of Markham will welcome 50 new Canadians to our country during their annual citizenship ceremony. Visit the Markham Civic Centre Council Chambers at 9am and be a part of welcoming them to the country.
Showing appreciation for the contributions of the seniors in our community, a free luncheon will be held at Le Parc at 11:45am. There are shuttles for drop off and pick up in varying locations.
Starting at 4pm, beginning at McCowan Road and Hwy 7, members of the Markham community will display their pride as they walk through the streets of Markham to the Milne Dam Conservation Area. You can participate or just watch.
Milne Dam Celebrations
After the parade, head down to the Milne Dam Conservation Area for more partying. Start with the kid’s activities from 3 until 4:30. Next, the opening ceremonies will happen at 4:30, followed by live music until the night is capped off by fireworks. Check out the performers who will be playing:
· Splash ‘N Boots – 6:30 – this kid’s favourite will have the kids excited and dancing long before the fireworks begin to wind them down
· Julia Gartha (Star Search Winner) – 7:25 – Julia has lived in Unionville since she was three years old and has performed in a number of productions and then won the first-ever Markham Star Search
· Panicland – 8:00 – a popular pop group from Winnipeg, there four boys may amass a large following in the years to come
· Francesco Yates – 9:00 – this 21-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter has been writing music since he was 11 and has won awards and performed with other Canadian stars all over Canada
Use the hashtag #Markham150 throughout the day’s festivities when uploading your photos! If you want to honour Canada and show your pride in your city, you can buy a Canada150 flag from The Flag Store for approximately $100. The flag was created to be symbolic to what Markham stands for, which includes its environmental focus, economic prosperity, social inclusion and the vibrancy of our communities. It also symbolizes Markham’s four heritage districts of Buttonville, Markham Village, Thornhill Village and Unionville.