A sea of red and white will fill local streets, parks and skies as the North Okanagan shows its true colours Tuesday.
In celebration of Canada’s 147th birthday, a full day of activities are planned culminating with two new events and topped off with a spectacular fireworks display.
The skies will be lit up over the DND grounds by local firefighters at 10:30 p.m., sponsored by Lake City Casino, with its new restaurant Match Eatery and Public House.
“There will be excellent viewing from almost anywhere on the DND grounds, Mission Road or other parts of the city,” said Terry Schmauder with the Vernon Canada Day fireworks committee.
You can also tune into 107.5 Kiss FM for the musical simulcast.
“It’s the biggest, most ambitious choreographed show we have ever attempted in Vernon using the largest fireworks effects we have ever used.”
The show in the sky takes place during a break in one of the new events – a giant inflatable screen showing an outdoor movie by Pixar Animation, presented by Sutton Group Lakefront Realty.
The movie starts at dusk, around 9:40 p.m. at the DND grounds, with a break for the fireworks.
Another new feature is an outdoor concert featuring The Legendary Lake Monsters. The 11-piece band strikes up at 7:30 p.m. on the DND grounds next to Diamond 5, where Jonathon McMurray’s Vernon and area A&W locations have sponsored the outdoor concert.
“We encourage everyone to come out to enjoy these free events in celebration of Canada’s birthday,” said Schmauder.
“Take note of the weather but be sure to bring a jacket, blankets, lawn chair, radio, flashlight and snacks.”
Jonathan and the gang at A&W is also teaming up with the Vernon Lion’s Club to sell hamburgers and hot dogs with pop or water at the site.
“It should make for a fun-filled evening at the DND grounds leading up to the spectacular fireworks display,” said Schmauder, reminding people to secure their pets at home.
Prior to all of the evening entertainment, Canada Day is packed with events in Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Falkland and Lumby.
VERNON: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Polson Park – free kids activities, Artists in the Park, cookies, cake and a full day of entertainment including dancers, a magician and local bands.
You can even show your patriotism a day early at the Monday morning Vernon Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kal Tire parking lot where Canada will be celebrated with kids activities, giveaways and entertainment.
ARMSTRONG: 10:50 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park – cake, concession, family fun zone, free public swim, music and more.
ENDERBY: 8 to 11 a.m. pancake breakfast at Riverside Park. There’s a parade downtown at 11 a.m. followed by events at Barnes Park from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a car show.
FALKLAND: 8 a.m. to noon downtown starting with the Country Market, then parade of flags and children’s entertainment at 11:30 and a cake at noon.
LUMBY: 10:30 a.m. at Lumby Community Park – bicycle decorating contest, public market, slamon presentation, free swim and an outdoor movie at 9 p.m.