“To be a part of a volunteer group that has harnessed this much energy from the community is extremely rewarding,” said the event’s organizer, Randy Warden from London Celebrates Canada.
He says they are expecting a red and white sea of about 40, 000 people.
All sorts of people come out including the navy, the military, the RCMP, police officers and emergency services, which allows Canadians the chance to say thank you for protecting our country.
Hopefully, even some Syrian refugees come out to Harris Park on Friday to discover what being Canadian means while displaying any significance Canada already is for them.
What it means to be Canadian is something you have to ask yourself because it varies from person to person. A lot of the time people are coming out to explore what it means.
Warden says when he thinks about what it means to be Canadian he sees how well we can work together when we have something in our minds we want to accomplish, which he sees even through working together to simply hold this event.
Things going on in Harris Park that day:
- First Nations gathering
- Canada Day ceremony
- A parade
- Citizenship Ceremonies
- National Anthem
- Tree planting
- Canada’s birthday cake
- Exhibits honouring Canada’s Heroes
- Vendors and community exhibits
- Great entertainment
- Pete Denomme and the Cosmic Cowboys
- Julia Haggarty
- Enchante with Laurraine Sigoun
- Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team
- Flux Dance Festival performers
- The Marrieds
- Johannes Linstead
For more about what’s going on that day visit London Celebrates Canada.
“This event always exceeds my expectations and that’s because of the people that call themselves Canadian. Whether they be first nation or settled Canadians or naturalized Canadians- we are all here and we are all brothers and sisters and to me that’s what its all about.”
And, of course, at 10pm spectacular fireworks and is the largest show in Southwestern Ontario.