City of Calgary to pilot new way to conclude Canada Day

To end the evening on Canada Day this July, The City of Calgary will be piloting an enhanced pyrotechnic show featuring a visually stunning display of lights and sounds that will be launched from the main stage at Fort Calgary during the headliner act.

“This year we’re testing out a new way of closing out Canada Day festivities that addresses some of the cultural, community and environmental impacts previously experienced with traditional Canada Day fireworks, said Franca Gualtieri, Manager of Arts & Culture at The City of Calgary. “Over the next year, we’ll engage with citizens, community groups and cultural groups to collect feedback to understand Calgarians’ preferences for Canada Day programming which will help guide future decisions around Canada Day fireworks.”

The City recognizes the cultural sensitivities around fireworks displays in relation to Truth and Reconciliation. This year, July 1 also marks the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Immigration Act. For many Calgarians this is a day of mourning or reflection. 

An enhanced pyrotechnic show will help mitigate disruptive late-night traffic, noise and overcrowding issues around popular fireworks viewing sites across Calgary. Attempting to reduce the overcrowding of parked cars on residential roads around popular fireworks viewing sites will permit emergency services vehicles to be able to reach Calgarians faster in the event of an emergency.

In addition, controlled pyrotechnics are less disruptive to Calgary’s animals and wildlife. The location of the main stage at Fort Calgary aligns with Canada’s Migratory Bird Act which does not permit disturbances to nearby nesting birds during breeding and nesting periods.

As part of Canada Day 2023, The City will offer diverse, educational and inclusive programming for Calgarians to celebrate culture and community. Programming will be a mix of participatory, celebratory, and reflective experiences. All details regarding locations, activities, and performers will be announced in June.

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