Join the celebrations on December 31, 2016! Left to Right: Coun. Kevin Darrah; Matt Decourcey, MP, Fredericton; Mayor Mike O'Brien; and, Coun. Eric Price.

Fredericton Kickoff: 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Join the celebration on December 31, 2016!

Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton and Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien invite the citizens of Fredericton to take part in one of the many events happening in New Brunswick’s Capital City on December 31, 2016, to kick off celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

On New Year’s Eve, 19 urban centres across Canada, including Fredericton, will ring in the New Year in a grand way. From St. John’s to Victoria, thousands of Canadians will gather in their community to take part in memorable celebrations! Canada’s Capital Region will also play host to a large-scale event on Parliament Hill.

In Fredericton, Canadians can expect a spectacular show highlighting local artists, with a spotlight on what makes this region so unique, diverse and dynamic. This will be a great preview of the many celebrations taking place throughout 2017 for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The City of Fredericton will receive $100,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage, under the Canada 150 Fund, to support these celebrations.

About Fredericton’s Celebration

  • Fredericton’s Canada 150 Kickoff Celebration will be a multi-venue, family-friendly experience, with a major concert in Officers’ Square and fireworks. 
  • There will be additional programming and free admission at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the historic Wilmot Church, as well as children’s programming at the Fredericton Public Library.
  • Performers will include local and national acts, showcasing the diversity of New Brunswick Francophone, ethno-cultural and First Nations communities.
  • Officers’ Square will be the centre of the experience with local national calibre acts on the stage, along with a warming station with local hot cider and other treats. 
  • There will also be a small beer garden that will feature unique products from Fredericton’s growing microbrewery cluster. Additional warming stations with local apple cider will be at the other venues.
  • The event will be fully bilingual. The City’s Economic Development, Tourism and Culture Division will produce the event.

Quotes

“On December 31, a thousand lights will fill the Canadian sky from coast to coast, setting the tone for the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I invite citizens of Fredericton to start planning their New Year’s Eve festivities and to join the countless other Canadians to ring in what promises to be a memorable year.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Fredericton’s kick-off to the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation will be a night remembered by residents of the city and surrounding communities for years to come. The city’s New Year’s Eve festivities are just the beginning of celebrations throughout the year in our region — and across the country — that will give every citizen the opportunity to celebrate in their own way what it means to be Canadian.”

– Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton.

“This is going to be another fantastic activity in our city and we appreciate the support being provided by Canadian Heritage.  We create great events here and we’re inviting the entire province to come and join us in celebrating the kickoff to Canada’s 150th birthday.  Officers’ Square is our most treasured public gathering space and as a historic site of national significance, it’s going to provide a great backdrop to a wonderful family friendly event.”

– Mayor Mike O’ Brien, City of Fredericton

Quick Facts

  • The 150-day countdown to the 150th anniversary of Confederation began on August 4 and will culminate with the official launch of celebrations on New Year’s Eve.
  • A first for Canada: on December 31, fireworks will light up the sky from coast to coast!
  • Canadians will be able to enjoy the kickoff celebrations in 19 of the country’s urban centres free of charge.
  • Fredericton’s Canada 150 Kickoff Celebration will be a multi-venue, family-friendly experience, with a major concert in Officers’ Square and fireworks. 
  • There will also be additional programming and free admission at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the historic Wilmot Church, as well as children’s programming at the Fredericton Public Library.
  • Performers will include local and national acts, showcasing the diversity of New Brunswick Francophone, ethno-cultural and First Nations communities.
  • Revellers can enjoy warming stations with local hot cider and other treats, as well as a small beer garden that will feature unique products from Fredericton’s growing microbrewery cluster.
  • The event will be fully bilingual and will be produced by the City’s Economic Development, Tourism and Culture Division.

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