Full Schedule - Canada Day – July 1st
All events are FREE & take place rain or shine
6th Annual Youth Arts Collaboration Contest
The Next 150 will be interpreted by our region's youth by creating a bookmark! Our 6th annual youth arts collaboration will invite students from all levels of public school districts - both Anglophone and Francophone - to express their interpretations of how they envision The Next 150 as Canadians! The winning entries will be given the official giveaway for Canada Day 2018! This is an opportunity for our region's youth to engage in the arts as a means to appreciate the fundamental importance of being a citizen of this great nation. We are keen to be inspired by what these young minds deliver this year!
Art in the Park & Charity Bingo
King's Square comes alive at 7am with artisanship from a variety of mediums and genres, including local entertainment. You may also try your luck at the charity bingo; this year, the funds raised are donated to Hestia House with a focus on how we can make all of the tomorrows of our region's vulnerable women and children be brighter.
FREE Trolley Rides COURTESY OF AQUILA TOURS
Hop on the trolley on July 1st for a FREE Canada Day ride you won't soon forget!
YMCA Beach Volleyball Tournament
We enjoy the unique feature of a three-court beach volleyball court that sits on our waterfront, adjacent to our Boardwalk Stage. What better way to enjoy athleticism and team spirit as a part of who we are as Canadians than with this annual tournament?! Beginning at 8:45am this event is always very well attended, and rounds out our roster to provide something for the early birds of the day!
The City Market opens its doors at 9am with over 50 unique vendors for their indoor market as one of the nation’s oldest markets. In celebration of Canada Day in Canada's oldest incorporated city, a traditional Pie Poudre Court and giveaways will take place at 10am!
This year, come out and celebrate our nation's birthday! Be part of the over 500 people
participating in the Canada Day People Parade which will leave from King's Square at 11:00am. The Parade will have marching bands and multicultural demonstrations! There will be dignitaries such a Mayor & Council, Provincial Leaders and Member of Parliament - Wayne Long. Also, the Parade will include the Saint John Police Honour Guard, Sea Cadets, Cherry Brook Zoo and many more local charities and organizations. To get involved click HERE
Official Opening Ceremonies
Following the People Parade, the flag raising ceremonies take place in front of City Hall. This is where Mayor Don Darling will present MP Wayne Long with a Canadian flag and he will raise it to the tune of our national anthem. Once completed, the Parade is led by the Piper decked out in traditional piping tartan garb into the Market Square Atrium where the opening ceremonies take place. The festivities include opening remarks by local dignitaries, local entertainment as well as a performance from The Saint Mary's Band, the famous 4ft x 8ft Canadian flag cake, and the singing of our national anthem and of course Happy 151st Birthday Canada!
Who better to voice our vision of the next 150 than our net generation: our youth. We will enjoy a multitude of activities for the entire afternoon. Free children's activities are offered throughout the day at KID'S HEADQUARTERS! including face painting, cookie decoration, tattoos, flag making, crafts, pins, hockey shoot, life-size board games, Spider-Man & Elsa meet & greet and more! There will be something for all ages – free of charge all day long. The children’s activities are set up in King Square, City Market, Loyalist Plaza, Market Square and on the Boardwalk! The huge bounce rides that have become so popular along with Bungee jumping in Loyalist Plaza are always a hit and we are bringing it all back again this year. Please follow Market Square on Instagram and Twitter @marketsquaresj and post all of your amazing Canada Day photos, #SJCANADADAY!
New Brunswick Museum FREE ADMISSION
Be part of Canada Day coast to coast celebrations! Get a glimpse of New Brunswick's history, shipbuilding, and natural sciences. Whale sightings guaranteed (full size models of course)! New temporary exhibitions! Fun for the whole family,12pm to 5pm, at the New Brunswick Museum!
FREE Loyalist House Tours
This year our very own Loyalist House built in 1817 is turning 200 years old! It is one of the few surviving buildings of the Great Fire of 1877. The Loyalist House serves as a proud reminder of Saint John's British Loyalist heritage and tours will be conducted throughout the day. Enjoy birthday cake, beverages and special treats.
Mayor's Cup Skateboard Competition
Join us at Station One Skate Park this Canada Day for the annual Mayor's Cup Skateboard Competition! FREE FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES!
Day & Evening Entertainment
Saint John is known as the hotbed of live music in the Maritimes and fans will be enjoying the sounds of local and Canadian performers (dancing, singing, magic, bands, etc.) will entertain the public from 12pm through to the stroke of midnight.
Bernard the Magician - Local celebrity Bernard the Magician is a tradition of special events in our region. His feats are a feast for the eyes and imagination. His magic will delight all ages... he may even call upon a member of the audience as an assistant – the little ones love this part!
The entertainment kicks off with our local dance troupe – Danceability – and their beauty of movement. They have been part of our festivities for many years and are always a crowd pleaser. Each year, they travel to New York to compete nationally and have received various awards. They will perform several numbers on Canada Day.
Multi-Cultural Performances - Saint John Chinese Cultural group will perform during the Opening Ceremonies featuring the Lion Dance. They also highlight various age groups with dance, singing and instrumental to celebrate Canada Day!
The Saint Mary's Band -
A community based brass/reed band with approximately 50 members, The Saint Mary's Band is a charitable organization focusing on music performances, promotion of music within the community and Symphony New Brunswick and School Music Programs
Celebrate Canada Day with amazing entertainment on the Boardwalk! Get your feet moving and warm up your singing voice - we're celebrating Canada in a BIG way from Noon until the Grand Fireworks Finale at Dusk!
Tim Maloney - Tim is a passionate and engaging performer whose light-hearted musical comedy is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Tim will MC the Boardwalk from Noon until the Grand Fireworks Finale!
Uptown Ghost Gallivant - Join David Goss as he shares the stories of ghosts that have been spotted over the years near Market Square, around the harbour, in the north of Union zone, at the Burial Grounds and in Trinity Church and the surrounding preservation district. Expect evidence of the ghosts to be spotted as you walk along the waterfront. Come to the lighthouse at 7:50pm and pick up a guide to the locations of tale tellers who will share stories of the best ghostly encounters that have occurred in the city! Keep an eye out for ghosts on the Boardwalk!
Waterstreet Dinner Theatre -
Our community boasts about our dinner theatres and performance artists. This year, we will welcome both troupes to the Boardwalk stage to perform pieces from their current shows. They are always a delight with their talent and bright, colorful costumes!
Our fireworks display at dusk is always a much-anticipated event and we have created an already
much-renowned tradition with this send off with the singing of our National Anthem. Hold onto your seats, we're rocking the best post-fireworks party in the Maritimes!
ONLY FOG PREVENTS THE SHOW! Follow Market Square on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date information, and check out this video for more information about our fireworks displays!