RICHMOND is hosting what it says is the ultimate birthday party. The annual Richmond Canada Day in Steveston will feature a free, full-day street party throughout Steveston Village alongside the much beloved Steveston Salmon Festival. A headline performance by Juno Award-winners Big Sugar and fireworks over the Fraser River will cap off the celebrations. Richmond Canada Day in Steveston is presented by Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
“Richmond is the place to celebrate Canada Day,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “From the biggest Canada Day Parade in the region, to the ever popular Salmon Festival, fireworks, music, fun and more, there’s no better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday and show your national pride with free fun for all ages.”
Highlighting the day is the Steveston Salmon Festival, known as Canada’s biggest little birthday party, the festival is famous for its salmon barbecue where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. An annual tradition since 1945, the Salmon Festival also features a huge Canada Day Parade through historic Steveston Village.
Elsewhere in the village the Canada Day Street Party will feature 50 diverse performances on eight stages, including Main Stage performances by Big Sugar, Terra Lightfoot and Vince Vaccaro.
The Street Party also features an artisan village, marketplace and plenty of food trucks. New this year is the Hockey Zone, featuring a fun 3-on-3 competition in honour of Canada’s favourite national sport, with a special guest appearance by Vancouver Canucks mascot Fin.
Visitors can also explore the Village with additional activities at the Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site, Steveston Interurban Tram and Steveston Museum.
The day kicks off with Salmon Festival’s pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m., followed by a special Canada Day flag raising ceremony at 8:40 a.m. The Canada Day Parade gets underway at 10 a.m. Big Sugar will hit the Bayview Stage at 9 p.m., followed immediately at 10:15 p.m. by a fantastic fireworks show along the historic Steveston waterfront, presented by Dueck GM.
All events are free admission. For more information on Richmond Canada Day in Steveston visit: www.richmondcanadaday.ca.