Canada Day: Come Celebrate in Gyro Park
We’re planning a birthday party, Penticton, and everyone’s invited. Join the festivities in Gyro Park on Sunday, July 1st as we celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday in style.
“Things kick off with a pancake breakfast at 8:00 AM to raise funds for the Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society,” said Lynn Allin, Downtown Penticton Association’s executive director. According to Allin, OSNS provides education and early intervention treatment to children facing developmental challenges while also supporting the families of these children. The cash-only breakfast will be $7/person and includes coffee, water or juice.
Entertainment and Activities:
“We also have a very full day of activities and entertainment planned,” said Allin. “We’ve got a great line up of musical talent and performances scheduled from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM that will surely delight people of all ages.” There will also be face painting, bouncy castles, a petting zoo and more, all day long. Grab a blanket, water and sunscreen and head downtown to enjoy the day with friends and family.
The official opening ceremony will take place at noon on the Gyro Bandshell stage, beginning with the National and Okanagan anthems and local dignitaries who will provide welcoming remarks. But, will there be cake? “Of course there’s a great big cake! Canada Day in Penticton isn’t complete without cutting a massive traditional Canada Day cake,” Allin said with a laugh. The DPA tent will also be hosting a cupcake decorating station, while supplies last.
The day will end with a fabulous light show over Okanagan Lake, starting at dusk (10:00 PM). The DPA collaborated with the Penticton Lakeside Resort to successfully raise $25,000 for the fireworks show. “We reached our goal due to the generosity of EllisDon, Murray Buick GMC, Penticton Western News, Poplar Grove Winery, DaSilva Vineyards and Winery, SW Event Technology, the City of Penticton, and a whole host of others,” said Allin, adding that local businesses are often the City’s strongest champions of community events like Canada Day.
Canada Day long weekend is one of the busiest weekends for the City’s downtown district – this year will be no exception. The Downtown Community Market takes place as usual on Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. On Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Main Street’s 100 block and Gyro Park will have a full slate of vendors, too. It is strongly recommended that motorists intending to drive downtown on Saturday and Sunday check the City of Penticton’s website for road closures prior to departure.
For information about Canada Day activities/schedules, please visit: www.downtownpenticton.org/canadaday