Niagara Falls 4th of July and Canada Day Celebrations
One of the biggest weekend celebrations in Canada and the United States is coming up very soon. These celebrations are the official kick-off to Summer (I think a happy dance is in order – don’t you?!)
Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate not only Canada Day in Niagara Falls, but the 4th of July in Niagara Falls too (we love our American friends).
Can you think of a better way to kick-off the official start to summer and express our the love for our countries, than with Niagara Falls Fireworks? Start the festivities at 8pm in Queen Victoria Park for the Coca Cola Concert Series followed by Fireworks over the Falls at dusk.
What’s also great is that a portion of the Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to Fraser Hill will be off limits to cars on Canada Day. WEGO buses and Niagara Parks service vehicles will be the only vehicles operating, which is perfect if you are a visitor to Niagara Falls.
Nothing says patriotism like a Canada Day Parade. The festivities start bright and early at 9am with a run/walk at Oakes Park and a Citizenship Ceremony happening simultaneously, followed by the Niagara Falls Concert Band at 10am and the famous Canada Day Parade at 11am along Victoria Avenue to Queen Street ending on St. Clair Avenue. The entertainment continues after the parade with free birthday cake, face painting and more.
Saturdays are thriving with Markets. From the Farmer’s Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake where all of the locals hang out in search of the freshest fruits and vegetables and unique finds to the Market in St. Catharines with their fresh baked goodies, sun-kissed produce and handmade treasures.
Niagara’s wine scene is also exploding into a grape haven. With over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from, Niagara is definitely not short of some great places to raise a glass to patriotism. Start Exploring.
There’s also Food Truck Saturdays at Thirty Bench Winery. On July 2nd it’s Mexican night. Grab a glass of vino and enjoy food truck fare from Taco Queso.
Continue the “hoppiness” at one of Niagara’s microbreweries. Our favourite finds are: Niagara Oast House Brewers (just look for the Big Red Barn past the Old Oak). Be sure to check out their NEW upcycled patio. There’s also Silversmith in Niagara-on-the-Lake (just look for the church, an old church from 1894 converted in a hip microbrewery). And last but not least, there’s the newest kid in town, The Exchange Brewery – with lots of ale and porter options to choose from.
The Falls are alive with the sound of music (lots of it).
Whitesnake – Tuesday, June 28th – 6:30pm – 10pm
Ray LaMontagne – Wednesday, June 29th – 6:30pm – 10pm
The Band Perry – Tuesday, July 5th – 6:30pm – 10pm
Noel Gallagher’s High Fly Birds – Wednesday, July 6th – 6:30pm – 10pm
It’s a big one this year. The Friendship Festival is celebrating its 30th Year of great Canadian and United States friendship since the end of the War of 1812. This year the celebration of fun is not on its typical Canada Day/Memorial Day holiday weekend, but rather from July 21st – 24th. These four days are all about fun, food, tribute bands (such as Black Sabbath, Heart, Rolling Stones), original music from Cardinal Street and the famous “Festival’s Got Talent.” So if you decide to postpone your Canada Day/4th of July celebrations, be sure to check out the Friendship Festival.
And we know of the perfect place to stay during the festivities. Make room for A LOT of Fun at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’ve Got a Package with Your Name on it: One Night, Two Night, Romance, Family Fun and one for the Girls.