July 1st in St. John’s: Sunrise to Sunset

What’s on the go for Canada day? Anyone doing a barbeque? Everyone up at the cabin? Should I message someone and see if they want to go to the fireworks?

This Sunday, St. John’s will be celebrating Canada’s 151st birthday with an extensive line-up of ceremonies, performances, deals and events throughout the day. Whether you’re a resident of St. John’s or a come-from-away, there’s a lot you can do to get the most out of this national holiday. So, we put together a list of some exciting events happening this July 1st for you to chose from and plan your day! We’ll be attending a few of these events on Sunday and will be on Facebook live throughout the day to let you know what’s happening and where.

6:00 AM – Sunset Ceremony on Signal Hill –  For the early birds, be among the first in the country to start the Canada Day Celebrations. . Watch the sun break through the clouds as the last post plays, sing O Canada, wave our flag and have a cupcake. This is a great opportunity to gather and remember what it means to be Canadian.  The day begins with a Sunrise Event at 6 a.m. at Signal Hill National Historic Site. A free Metrobus Shuttle will bring you from the Visitor Centre up to Cabot tower. After the return shuttle, join everyone for free birthday cupcakes in the Visitor Center.

8:30 – Enjoy breakfast in St. John’s – Despite it being a holiday, there are still plenty of businesses open on Canada Day. If you’d like to stay on Signal Hill for the morning, The Newfoundland Chocolate Café on Signal Hill is open at 5:00 am and the Marconi café opens at 8:30. At the bottom of the hill, the Sheraton offers breakfast at 7:00 am and across the street, Coffee Matters is open at 8:00 am. If you’re downtown looking for breakfast, there are even more options. If you’re more interested in a late breakfast, Bernard Stanley’s is open for brunch at 9:00 am and Blue on Water serves from their breakfast menu until 2:30 pm.

10:30 – Memorial Day Service – July 1st is Canada Day in most of the country, but here in Newfoundland and Labrador it is also our Memorial Day. It is a day to reflect on the devastating losses suffered by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War. The loss of so many able-bodied, bright, ambitious young men shattered many families and communities right across the island. Join me on July 1st at the National War Memorial in St. John’s for the Memorial Day service as we honour their memory. They are giants. They are heroes. And they will not be forgotten. The parade will arrive at the memorial in time for the moment of silence at 11:00am.

11:00 – Signal Hill Tattoo Performance – International renowned, the Signal Hill Tattoo is a re-enactment of British military drills from the 19th century. Return to the era before Canada was an independent country.

 12:00 – 5:00 Memorial Day at the Rooms – Enjoy free admission to observe Memorial Day at The Rooms. Spend some time in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery to meet descendants of the men and women who served their country 100 years ago. Hear the heart-warming and heart-breaking stories from the people who remember the Great War’s effects on their family. Throughout the day, bring the family to learn how Signal Flags were used to communicate from ship to ship during the First World War, and make your very own set. Don’t forget to make a Canadian Flag in celebration of Canada Day!
At 3pm, head to their theatre for a free screening of When the Boys Came Home – a documentary retracing the footsteps of the Blue Puttees from the streets of St. John’s to Gallipoli, France, Belgium and home again. When the Boys Came Home reveals the workaday and internal battles that the Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s Blue Puttees waged after the First World War.

10:00 AM – Canada Day at the MUN Botanical Gardens (Family Friendly)- Everyone is invited to drop by MUN Botanical Garden to enjoy Canada Day Celebrations. A variety of crafts, stories, games, activities, duck-feeding, nature hikes and prizes will be provided throughout the day. Create a one-of-a-kind Canada Day butterfly, follow the Maple leaf trail, go on a Canada Day scavenger hunt and find the hidden butterflies in the flower gardens. Refreshments, including a birthday cake, will be provided. Admission fees apply. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call 864-8590, or email [email protected]

12:00 PM – Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. Canada Day Broil (19+) 

Join the Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. for a Sunday Funday Day Boil! Celebrate Canada’s birthday with $5 pints of their new beer (you guessed it) DAY BOIL! Featuring: Mark Manning, The Blue Mood, Slim Macho, Adam Harding (Yung Dumb) Music, games, $5 pints, celebrate Canada Day at Quidi Vidi Brewery!

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Canada Day Market at the C.L.B – Come celebrate Canada Day at the CLB Sunday Market. From Noon to 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 1, 2018 come see your favourite vendors enjoy some tea & coffee and (weather permitting) a BBQ! Admission will be free with a donation to the food bank.

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Canada Day Events at Quidi Vidi Lake (Family friendly) – Join us for an afternoon of free family entertainment at King George V Park from 2 to 6 p.m.  We’ll have bouncy castles, carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, a cultural showcase, a cultural concert and 3000 birthday cupcakes. The afternoon concert will include performances by Rum Ragged, Carolina East and many more great local artists.

 4:30 PM – 7:30 – National Boychoir and Newfoundland choirs – A wonderful concert that sees one of the best choirs in Canada performing with our spectacular local choirs! (Les Ms.Cantus Vocum Chamber ChoirHoly Heart of Mary Alumnae Choir, Atlantic Vocal Ensembles and Atlantic Boychoir). (Holy Heart Theatre).Tickets online here ➡ https://goo.gl/Hhfhjr

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – …float… travel through an outdoor concert of meditation and magic. Come experience a unique outdoor concert at Mount Scio Savoury Farm with five choirs from across Canada and stunning art installations around the theme of water. Guides will lead audiences along a walking path to hear choirs perform in different locations across the farm, surrounded by nature and the beautiful art. The audience will join all the choirs in the final piece, using the new …float… app that turns your iPhone/iPad into an instrument. Busses will be provided to take audience to the farm. The concert is 75min long. Join us on Canada Day to celebrate our nation’s rich heritage as we witness the land, the water, and their choral connections come to life. Check out http://choralcanadafloat.ca for more information or email [email protected] Buy your tickets at Holy Heart Box Office here: http://holyhearttheatre.com/…float… is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Evening Show and Fireworks (Family Friendly) The evening will be sure to entertain with a live concert featuring Greeley’s Reel at the Quidi Vidi Bandstand at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. Should weather conditions not be ideal, the fireworks will be rescheduled for July 2 at 10 p.m


Whew. Well, that’s the majority of the events happening in St. John’s. There’s plenty more happening outside of this list but for the organized events happening, this pretty much covers it. Our summer student, Claire MacLeod, will be running around town covering as many events as possible. You can watch her coverage on Facebook live where she will tell you about what’s happening at each event. See you then!