April 24, 2020
In response to provincial COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, the City of Edmonton is cancelling this year’s Canada Day fireworks shows and celebrations in City Hall and Sir Winston Churchill Square. City Administration made the decision as physical distancing requirements will remain in place on July 1, 2020.
Currently, these restrictions stipulate:
- No gathering of more than 15 people is allowed in one indoor or outdoor location.
- People gathered in groups of fewer than 15 people must maintain a distance of 2 metres from one another. Gatherings must occur in a space that allows for mandated physical distancing (at least 2 metres between attendees).
The annual fireworks shows in Kinsmen Park and Mill Woods see crowds up to 50,000 in multiple prime viewing locations throughout Edmonton. Administration determined that continuing with the fireworks would lead to increased risks, including crowd density, that does not allow for physical distancing.
The move to cancel this year’s Canada Day fireworks and celebrations is anticipated to lead to a cost savings of $276,000. It is also expected to free up City resources that would normally be involved in putting on the fireworks show, such as road closures, transit detours, and additional policing.
Edmontonians may instead wish to take in the
Virtual Canada Day
celebration, hosted by the Federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage