Festivals & Events

Canada Day 2021

Canada has a long history as a nation. In that time, we have heard stories about the evolution of industry, settlement, and inclusivity, as well as human triumph and tragedy. These stories are woven deeply into the Canada we know and understand today.

Now more than ever, Canada Day gives us the opportunity to come together to celebrate the diversity that unites us in Hamilton, while supporting truthful, reconciling, and inclusive dialogue about our history. During this time, it’s important to reflect and discuss what we want our future to look like as Canadians and acknowledge where we have more work to do to ensure a healthy, safe, and more inclusive place for all.

Government of Canada Events

Due to COVID-19, the City is unable to host in-person activities for Canada Day. To participate in programs hosted by Heritage Canada, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day.html

Featured events include: 

Fireworks Safety

A reminder that large firework displays and gatherings are not permitted. Residents wishing to set off family fireworks on personal property are reminded to adhere to current provincial guidelines, which include physical distancing and outdoor gathering limits.

The Hamilton Fire Department reminds residents to set off and dispose of fireworks safely to minimize the risk of fire and burn injuries. 

Family fireworks for personal use on private property are allowed without a permit on Canada Day and/or the two days immediately before or following the holiday, in accordance with the Fireworks By-law. Setting off fireworks on or over roadways or in parks is not permitted and may be subject to a fine.

Family Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Only responsible adults should supervise and set off fireworks. Individuals under 18 years of age are not permitted to discharge fireworks.
  • Choose a clear, open space, away from buildings and combustible materials. Check that there are no overhead wires or tree branches nearby.
  • Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by.
  • Different fireworks have their own recommended discharge distance. Carefully read and follow label directions.
  • If not equipped with a base, firmly set the firework at least half its length in a bucket of sand or dirt before lighting.
  • Supervise the use of sparklers, especially with children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing. 
  • Dispose of fireworks and sparklers safely by soaking them in water immediately after burnout. 

For more information on fireworks safety, visit hamilton.ca/FireworksSafety