Suit up in your best red and white, and join 50,000 other revelers to celebrate July 1 at Oshawa’s Lakeview Park! We’ve rounded up the best tips and information you need to know to enjoy the day.
Canada Day isn’t just about fireworks – the free celebrations at Lakeview Park start at 2 pm with live music and entertainment, a carnival midway with games and rides (these cost extra, so take some cash!), plus a Family Zone that operates between 2 pm and 6 pm that’s complete with a small zoo, balloon art by Jungle Jack, arts and crafts, face painting, jumping castles, and a sports experience.
The childrens’ playground will be open, as will the beach, and visitors can head to the sand to check out the Sandqube Sand Sculpture, located by the lifeguard hut. If you need a break from the activities in the park, the historical houses that make up the Oshawa Community Museum will also be open for tours.
Fireworks start around 10 pm and, if you’re attending as a family, be prepared for large crowds. If you have children, make sure they know where the Lost Child area is located, and point out the uniforms of the Durham Region Police Service officers and City of Oshawa staff when you arrive, so they know who to ask for help if separated from your group.
Parking is very limited and available only on Harbour Street, and road closures will be in effect from 7 am to 12 am on July 1. Make your life easier and use the free shuttle buses that will run from the Oshawa Centre parking lot every 15 minutes.
Packed lunches and pre-cooked foods are welcome, but campfires and cooking devices are a no-no. And while Fido loves a Canada Day party like everyone else in the family, please leave pets at home.
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