It’s a short, business week for most and Toronto is celebrating Canada Day in-person once again. CityNews has gathered a list of where to watch fireworks and other festivities.

Keep in mind, there are road and TTC closures during the long weekend along with regular holiday closures on Friday. Scroll below for details.

There’s also other events going on in the city including the last weekend for Toronto Jazz Festival, an outdoor cinema at Distillery District and Union Summer returns to Union Station.

Six Nations of the Grand River is also encouraging everyone to wear orange on July 1 to remember the children lost to the residential school system and to honour the survivors.

Need to know: Reflecting on Canada’s history

Six Nations of the Grand River has stated they will once again not be recognizing Canada Day.

Similar to last year, the First Nation is encouraging everyone to wear orange to remember the children lost to the residential school system.

The First Nation said that rather than a day of celebration, July 1 can be a day of somber reflection and renewed commitments to furthering reconciliation.

“Although I understand that July 1 is typically a day of celebration for many, I ask that people use this day as an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Canadian while First Nations people in this country continue to bear the scars of the residential school system,” stated Elected Chief Mark Hill.

“We were very touched by the support we received last year and would be pleased if that overwhelming sense of solidarity could be extended to this year’s July 1 as well.”

Community members are reminded there are resources available if they are in need of support:

  • Six Nations 24/7 Mobile Crisis Line: 519-445-2204 or 1-866-445-2204
  • Six Nations Mental Health and Addictions: 519-445-2143 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • 24/7 National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

Fireworks and festivities

Firework celebrations

Ashbridges Bay

Fireworks will go off at 10 p.m. on July 1, rain or shine.

The display can be seen on the boardwalk from Coxwell to Victoria Park Avenues.

Mel Lastman Square

Mel Lastman Square will host Canada Day programming from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live music, dance performances and family-friendly activities.

Fireworks will conclude the event at 10 p.m.

Organizers say the day “will feature moments of reflection alongside the opportunity to celebrate the things people love about Canada.”

Thompson Memorial Park

Thompson Memorial Park will have live entertainment, face-painting and fireworks taking place at 10 p.m. in Milliken Park.

Downsview Park

Festivities at Downsview Park will include free activities, live entertainment and food trucks.

The day will conclude with an impressive firework display at dusk.

Events for the day kick off 4 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m.

East York’s Canada Day parade

East York’s annual Canada Day parade featuring marching bands will begin at Dieppe Park at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will move east along Cosburn and Woodbine Avenues and end at Stan Wadlow Park, with a firework display happening at 10 p.m.

There will be other all-day celebrations at the park from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Ontario Place

Ontario Place will be having events all weekend including a free concert featuring local Indigenous artists in Trillium Park on July 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The concert is hosted by Carolyn King, founder of The Moccasin Identifier Project.

Musical performances include Manitou Mkwa Singers and the Mark Laforme Band.

Other free events are happening all weekend long at Ontario place including daily screenings at Cinesphere, outdoor yoga classes in Trillium Park and the Lake Shore Inflatable Waterpark.

Weekend ‘policing plan’

Toronto police say they have a plan in place on Canada Day for the city’s official fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park as well as for the rest of the long weekend.

Personal fireworks in city parks and on the beaches are prohibited.

Traffic delays due to road closures in the area are expected, including Lakeshore Boulevard East.

Parking enforcement will be heightened in the area due to limited parking.


There will be more buses added to numerous routes for celebrations. The routes for 22A Coxwell and 92A Woodbine will be affected.

TTC service will operate on holiday service on July 1.

Extra bus service is scheduled from Woodbine Station and Coxwell Station on Line 2 to help customers get to Woodbine Park and Ashbridges Bay for the Canada Day events and fireworks.

Those attending celebrations at Downsview Park can take Line 1 to Downsview Park Station.

Canada Day fireworks in Toronto
Canada Day fireworks in Toronto on July 1, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/LightRocket/Roberto Machado Noa

Toronto Jazz Festival

It’s the last weekend to enjoy the Toronto Jazz Festival in the city’s downtown core.

The event will continue to feature the biggest names in jazz, blues, R&B and soul. 

The festival, which started on June 24 runs until July 3.

Note: Diverted bus routes for the festival will be updated here once available

Union Summer

Union Station’s Front Street plaza has returned and is running from midday to late evening, daily until August 28.

Events this weekend include:


Union Summer will be open between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Sunday to Tuesday, 11a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and Saturdays it’ll be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Union Summer
(Photo credit: Union Station)

Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM will be free on July 1 to mark Canada Day with access to of the Museum’s galleries.

Capacity is limited and visitors are asked to book ahead of time to get their free timed-tickets.

Starting July 1 the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm. until Labour Day.

Lavazza IncluCity Festival

The Distillery District will become an outdoor cinema until July 16.

The festival will include films from over 20 countries and an art exhibit called 6IX Art Outdoors.

The exhibit is an art installation along Gristmill Lane and will feature 13 statues, standing over 7 feet tall painted by Canadian multicultural artists.

Films to watch at the festival this weekend include Drinkwater; Us Two, Our Two and The Red House.

Distillery District
(Photo credit: The Distillery Historic District)

TTC closures

There will be no subway service on Line 2 between Jane and Ossington stations on Saturday and Sunday for track work. Subway service between Jane and Ossington stations will also end at 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. Shuttle buses will operate.

The following station automatic entrances will be closed:

• High Park Station: Parkview Gardens north (at Parkview Gardens and Clendenan Avenue) and south (at Bloor Street West and Parkview Gardens)
• Keele Station: Indian Grove entrances (at Bloor Street West and Indian Grove; and at Bloor Street West and Indian Road)
• Lansdowne Station: Emerson Avenue at Bloor Street West
• Dufferin Station: Russett Avenue at Bloor Street West (both east side and west side)

Note: A list of road closures will be updated here once available.