City Prepares for Historic Canada Day Celebrations

The City of Fredericton is actively preparing for an unprecedented weekend of celebrations in downtown Fredericton to ring in the nation’s 150th anniversary of confederation.  Two free days of music, family entertainment, fun activities for kids, and more are planned for Fredericton’s official Canada 150 event. 

The celebrations begin on Friday evening, June 30, 2017 as headliners I Mother Earth with Edwin, Fredericton’s Ross Neilsen and the Big F’n Band, and more exciting artists perform in Officers’ Square.  The big party kicks off Saturday, July 1, 2017 and includes a full day of entertainment including headliners Measha Brueggergosman, The Glorious Sons and Les Hay Babies. 

The day will also include the return of the Canada Day parade, the city’s largest fireworks show over the Saint John River and more.

In order to accommodate such a historic event, the following street closures will be in place, pending Council final approval:

Friday, June 30th

  • Carleton Street at Queen Street (going towards the Officers’ Square parking lot) CLOSED from 5pm – midnight, July 1st
  • St. Anne’s Point Blvd from Regent / Queen to Westmorland Street overpass CLOSED from 6pm – 12am

Saturday, July 1st

  • Carleton Street at Queen Street (going towards the Officers’ Square parking lot) CLOSED from 5pm – midnight, July 1st
  • St. Anne’s Point Blvd CLOSED from 8am-1am (July 2nd)
  • St. Anne’s Point Blvd and Queen Street Loop will see traffic interrupted from 4pm – 5pm, as parade runs
  • Westmorland St Bridge CLOSED from 7:30pm – approx 12am to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic
  • Queen Street from the Cenotaph to St. John Street CLOSED 9:30pm – 11pm for MALA – The Stories of New Brunswick. (St. John St open to traffic)

Boating enthusiasts are also reminded that access to the Saint John River on July 1st will be restricted to below the Carleton Street piers or past the Small Craft Aquatic Centre from 7:30pm – 12am. 

The Canada Day Committee will receive $250,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage, under the Canada 150 Fund, to support these celebrations.

For more information on street closures, including alternate routes to exit and enter the downtown, tips on how to make your Canada Day experience more enjoyable, and prime fireworks viewing locations visit www.fredericton.ca/specialevents.  For more information on Canada 150 programming in Fredericton visit www.tourismfredericton.ca/Canada150.