Press Release

Canada Day Celebrations Return to Downtown

June 8, 2023

FREDERICTON, NB June 8, 2023: Canada Day Celebrations in Fredericton are set to return to Downtown Fredericton with a full day of music and family-themed activities planned for Saturday, July 1st. The day will be capped off with it’s largest-ever fireworks display, staged from the Westmorland Street Bridge. 

With the construction in Officers’ Square, the festivities will take place in Barracks Square as well as the northernmost section of Carleton Street, in a similar layout to the Garrison Night Market. 

“We’re looking forward to returning to the downtown this year” say co-chair Paul Wentzell. “Although it will be a smaller footprint with Officers’ Square being offline this year, we’ll have many Canada Day favourite activities.” 

Entertainment will run on the main stage from noon until the fireworks at 10:30 pm. The Canada Day Committee is delighted to feature local act Riley Taylor, Burton's own rising star with several hits across Canadian Country Music charts, as the headline performer just before the fireworks.

In addition to Taylor, the stage will host a variety of musical acts, including a Francophone performance, a Multicultural showcase hosted by the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, and other entertainment, including Frantically Atlantic, Scotty and the Stars, and the Calithumpians. A full entertainment lineup for the day will be released in the upcoming weeks. An opening ceremony at 2 pm will feature the singing of "O Canada," and Canada Day Birthday Cake will be served.

In addition to live entertainment, there will be activities for the whole family. Free bouncy castles for the kids, a Canada Day Trivia challenge, face painters, magicians, and more. A variety of food vendors will also be on site. 

"Our focus is always on hosting a family-oriented event," says Wentzell, "and being downtown means people can enjoy not only our activities and vendors but also the cultural, shopping, and dining options that Downtown Fredericton is famous for."

Canada Day festivities in Fredericton are made possible in part thanks to funding from The City of Fredericton and Heritage Canada.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Canada Day is an opportunity to understand the past and present experiences of the Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The City of Fredericton works actively with Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) to provide culturally relevant, equitable and accessible services to Indigenous Peoples.

Media Contacts: Paul Wentzell - 506-476-4645