Wear a red or white t-shirt and help create a living Canada flag for Canada Day. (DVBA handout)

Wear a red or white t-shirt and help create a living Canada flag for Canada Day. (DVBA handout)

Victoria shows its colours for Canada’s 152nd birthday

Full day of activities and entertainment fill the Legislature grounds

Downtown Victoria will be a sea of red and white July 1, as the region heads to the Legislature grounds and Inner Harbour to celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday.

A variety of activities and entertainment will fuel the fun until the annual fireworks close the day. Highlights include the Family Zone, keeping everyone busy from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Flavour of Canada Food Village from noon until dusk, and the Living Flag photo at 2 p.m. T-shirt pickup for the Living Flag begins at noon, or bring your own to guarantee a spot. Assembly begins at 1:30 p.m.

Mainstage entertainment opens with the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers at 3:15 p.m. following an Indigenous blessing at 3 p.m. Join your neighbours in the singing of the national anthem at 3:30 p.m. followed by ongoing performances until the fireworks light up the night sky at 10:20 p.m.

The mainstage entertainment lineup:

3:15 p.m. – Lekwungen Traditional Dancers

3:45 p.m. – Coast Capital Savings Youth Band

4:20 p.m. – Dominic Pelletier of Caravane

5:15 p.m. – Johnny Gr4ves

5:55 p.m. – Youth Poet Laureate Aziza Moqia Sealey Qaylow

6:10 p.m. – Fortune Killers

7:40 p.m. – Diamond Café

8:35 p.m. – Khanvict

9:30 p.m. – nehiyawak

10:20 p.m. – Fireworks

Additional Canada Day weekend activities are planned at the Royal BC Museum.

Belleville Street, between Menzies and Douglas streets, will be closed from 6 a.m. to midnight July 1. Government Street, between Humboldt and Superior streets, will be closed from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Visitors are encouraged to travel downtown by BC Transit or bike, and cyclists will find free bike lock-up adjacent to the Legislature on Menzies Street.

BC Transit will run a Sunday schedule with supplemental buses and special Canada Day bus stops along Douglas Street immediately following the fireworks.

To learn more, and for a schedule and transit map, visit canadadayvictoria.ca.

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