Canada Day: Food, Fireworks, and Fun in Ottawa - My Family Travels

Just as schools are letting out, it seems that July 1st is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Canada Day! This year, Canada celebrates its 145th birthday and the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution Act with good food, live music, fireworks fit for a prince.

Canada Day is the July 4th of Canada!

The Constitution Act, signed on July 1, 1867, united the British provinces in North America into one country (Canada) and gave Canada much of the political independence the nation enjoys today. The first Canada Day, then known as Dominion Day, was held in 1917 to celebrate Canada’s 50th birthday.

Today, Canada Day also marks many of the nation’s great achievements, including the first cross-country radio broadcast, the first color TV broadcast, and the naming of “O Canada” as the national anthem. 

Celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa, the Capital

While celebrations will take place across the country, the hottest place to be is Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Festivities will be centered around Parliament Hill, the heart of the city. Featured events include Canada’s biggest barbecue, fireworks, and performances. Many music shows will take place downtown in Major's Hill Park.

Events will also include live music throughout the holiday. Styles range from traditional folk songs to hip hop performances, alternative rock, electronica, and indie fusions. Whether you’re going alone, with your kids, or traveling with your parents, this year’s Canada Day is sure to have something everyone will enjoy.

Trip Planning Tips for a Canada Day Vacation

Many hotels in Ottawa are also offering special deals during the holiday. The Westin Ottawa, for instance, is running a promo where guests staying Friday to Sunday pay a special “birthday rate” for the second (and third) nights of their stay. This hotel is a long time sponsor of the event, so be sure to check their website for current family specials.

The beautiful Fairmont Chateau Laurier also offers special family deals for those looking for a slightly more luxurious stay. Here, guests can purchase the standard “Family Experience Package” — a stay which includes family passes to the Canadian War Museum or the Canadian Museum of Civilization. For an extra special treat for the kids, however, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier also offers a “Prince and Princess Package” in which guests receive one complimentary in-room movie, free popcorn and juice, and the chance for the kids to have Afternoon Tea in Ottawa’s most fabled castle. 

For more information on popular attractions in Ottawa, please read our extended story: “Ottawa, Canada – The Sights Are No Secret. The Ottawa Tourism Site is also very helpful in planning your trip.


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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