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June 26, 2020, 8:07 am

Golden to Celebrate Canada Day From Yards and Balconies with Live Music and Fireworks

Town of Golden
GOLDEN - This year, celebrate Canada Day from the comfort of your own yard! On July 1, Canada Day might look a little different, but residents of Golden will still have an opportunity to celebrate while being physically distanced, but socially together. Summer Kicks will hit the streets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a fireworks display will start at 10:45 p.m. (dusk) from a new and undisclosed location.
 
“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Canada Day does not include any of the regularly scheduled community events or activities,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Jon Wilsgard. “But we can still celebrate Canada’s birthday at home, in our yards or balconies, and online.”
 
Residents are encouraged to set up and celebrate from their own homes, yards and balconies this year.
 
“Get together with your household or your pandemic bubble, decorate your house and yard, dress up in red and white, set up some chairs and get ready to enjoy the Summer Kicks mobile show and fireworks display.” said Manager of Recreation Services, Jordan Petrovics. “There will be no shortage of entertainment reaching homes around Golden. It’s going to be a great time!”
 
The Summer Kicks curbside concert will hit the streets with local band Retrofied and special guest Ricky Diamonds from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.in the Alexander Park neighbourhood. The live show will be visiting a number of public park spaces throughout the evening and live-streamed on Facebook. For details and to tune in live, follow Kicking Horse Culture on Facebook at facebook.com/khculture.
 
“We have really been enjoying taking Summer Kicks to the streets,” said Bill Usher, Executive and Artistic Director of Kicking Horse Culture. “We can’t wait to celebrate Canada Day physically distanced, but socially together throughout the community.”
 
The location of this year’s fireworks display will be taking place from a brand new location and kept under wraps until the first warning fireworks are set off around 10:45 p.m., giving residents a chance to adjust their seats at home to watch the show. This year’s fireworks are funded by the Government of Canada.
 
“Everyone in town should be able to see the fireworks from their own home, so no need to go searching for the perfect spot. It’s already in your own backyard!” explained Petrovics. “We’ve also selected a range of fireworks this year that, although not silent, won’t include any big loud booms to avoid causing fear, stress and anxiety for both wild and domestic animals.”
 
A reminder to residents that you can only sell, give, possess or set off fireworks between October 24 and November 1 each year unless you obtain a permit from the Golden Fire Department.
 
“Our number one priority continues to be the safety of our residents, staff and community partners. As we all focus on staying close to home this summer, it’s fantastic that we still have an opportunity to celebrate Canada Day safely, while staying apart,” said Wilsgard. “We hope everyone enjoys the celebrations safely and responsibly this July 1st.”
 
Here are some tips for enjoying Canada Day safely:
 
  • Now is not the time to gather in large groups. Enjoy the Summer Kicks show and fireworks display with your household or within your pandemic bubble from the safety of your yards, lawns, balconies and decks.
  • If you are watching the show or fireworks from a public park space, you must maintain safe physical distances (at least 2 metres) from others outside of your bubble and adhere to all posted signage. To help make physical distancing easy while enjoying the show from a park space, the Town will be painting temporary circles on the grass as a reminder to keep your distance. Stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms.
  • Choose to tune in to the Summer Kicks show live on Facebook!
 
The Government of Canada also has a variety of celebrations and activities planned online to celebrate Canada Day this year. For details, visit Canada.ca/CanadaDay.


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