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The ultimate guide to Canada Day 2019 in Ottawa

Canada day festivities will take place on Parliament Hill, in Major’s Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History. (Photo/Devyn Barrie)

This weekend on July 1, celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday in downtown Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Here’s what you need to know before heading out.

Open and closed

Most non-retail businesses and offices are closed on Canada Day, and just about all government services are shut down. Check out our open and closed list for more info.

Some notes

  • Officials recommend arriving early to get through security at the Hill.
  • There are some things you aren’t allowed to bring, such as aerosols or alcohol. Folding chairs are OK. It’s recommended to bring as little as possible. Here’s more info from the Parliamentary Protective Service…
  • Smoking cannabis on the Hill will be frowned upon. Via Canadian Heritage: “Canada Day is a family event. Canadian Heritage strongly encourages people to use their best judgment and provide a smoke-free environment at its events, which are attended by families with young children, among others.”
  • There are some big name performances on Parliament Hill for the noon and evening show, but there’s also music at Major’s Hill Park. Here’s the lineup…
  • Canada Day programming this year is centered on the themes of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusivity.
  • A large swath of downtown streets near Parliament Hill will be closed and officials advise against driving.
  • Fireworks at 10 p.m. Keep reading for details…
  • If you don’t wanna go downtown, here’s some ideas for other celebrations to attend…
  • All sites downtown will be universally accessible. Find out more here…

Where and when?

Events will unfold in three locations:

  • Parliament Hill (July 1 only)
  • Major’s Hill Park
  • The Canadian Museum of History

There are some events happening on June 30 as well as Canada Day itself. The full schedule for all the locations is available on canada.ca.


From Canadian Heritage: “At 10 p.m. on July 1, the Manulife Canada Day Fireworks will light up the night sky in Ottawa and Gatineau for 15 minutes." We have a list of other fireworks shows at community events across Ottawa.

Snowbirds flyover

The Snowbirds will fly over Parliament Hill during the noon show.

Road closures

Roads in the downtown core will be closed, most from 6 a.m. July 1 to 2 a.m. on July 2. Here’s a list (or a map, if you prefer.)