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Canada Day celebrations in Calgary

Canada Day 2020

Our Virtual Canada Day concert is on July 1 at 5 p.m.

Watch the concert

Oh Canada. Let’s get ready to celebrate at home and online. We might have to be apart physically, but we can still celebrate together as a city and country.

How to plan for Canada Day

Before Canada Day, you can start making plans to:  

  • Dress in red and white, you could wear your favourite Calgary team jersey or cowboy hat if you have one.
  • Paint your face.
  • Colour your way across Canada with CBC's Great Canadian Colouring Book.
  • Put up your Christmas or outdoor lights. Turn them on by 10 p.m. (sunset) on July 1 to join the Calgary Tower in lighting up our city.
  • Decorate your house, yard or balcony in red and white. Display your Canada flag and show off your Canada-inspired family crafts.
  • Listen to Canadian artists with CBC Calgary's music playlist.
  • Have a pancake breakfast with your family or outdoor picnic in your yard or balcony.
  • Check out this Celebration Kit for interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family.
  • Help support local business on July 1st, consider ordering your favourite local food for take-in.

Share your at-home celebrations on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok using #OCanadaYYC.

Virtual Canada Day concert

Make sure your at home Canada Day plans include watching the premiere of our Virtual Canada Day Celebration presented by CBC Calgary. Hosts: David Gray, Angela Knight, Doug Dirks and Rob Brown.

When: 5 p.m. on July 1st
Where: on our YouTube and Facebook pages

Musical performances by Calgary artists:

Watch the concert

Canada Day daytime and evening shows

Canada Day Across the Country

This daytime show offers a virtual tour of the celebrations with many surprises. With hosts Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord, discover talented artists from Sudbury, Montreal, Quebec, Moncton, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Calgary.

When/where: 11 a.m. on CBC television, 11 a.m. on Canadian Heritage’s social media platforms, July 1st.

Canada Day Together

This evening show is a unique edition of Canada’s annual iconic celebration featuring original artistic collaborations between performers from coast to coast to coast. The night will wind up with a montage of the best Canada Day fireworks from past years.

When/where: 8 p.m. on CBC television, 6 p.m. on Canadian Heritage’s social media platforms, July 1st.

Virtual fireworks

When: 10 p.m. on July 1

Smartphone and tablet users can catch a three minute augmented reality fireworks show. Point your device at the night sky and experience the same visual and sound effects as a real fireworks display!  Alternatives are available for desktop and laptop users.

Learn how to see the virtual fireworks