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Celebrating together

Oshawa joins region for virtual Canada Day celebration

Every year on July 1, thousands of Oshawa residents flock to Lakeview Park for a day of entertainment and celebration, ending the evening with a phenomenal fireworks display.

However, this year, Canada Day celebrations are going to look a little different.

The Region of Durham is inviting residents to come together for a virtual Canada Day celebration on July 1.

The event, “Canada Day the Durham Way,” is a collaborative event between the region and all eight local municipalities. Taking place from 2 to 5 p.m., the event will “highlight unique attractions and talents that drive our vibrant arts and culture scene,” according to a region press release.

“This event celebrates our region and our one-of-a-kind mix of small-town hospitality and unique urban amenities,” the release continues.

The region says residents can come together as a community, all while continuing to practice social distancing, by tuning in to this “first-of-its-kind virtual Canada Day celebration,” which will be broadcast through Facebook Live.

“Canada Day the Durham Way offers a chance to connect and come together in a new way – celebrating our great nation and the vibrant region we will live in,” says Durham Regional Chair and CEO John Henry. “Although this year is different, communities across Durham are uniting and finding innovative ways to stay #DurhamStrong during this challenging time. I encourage everyone from across the region to tune in on July 1. Let’s celebrate our amazing country together,” he continues.

Entertainment for the event includes June award winner Jack De Keyser, the President’s Choice SuperDogs animal trick show, three-time Juno award nominees Sultans of String, country artist Leah Daniels, children’s entertainer Jungle Jack, live animal features from Super Creek Wildlife Rescue, steel pannist Aaron Roberts, and Doug the Great (world record) stilt walker.

The livestream will also feature shout-outs from local celebrities and representation from each municipality in Durham.

Residents can share their national pride by sharing photos using the #DurhamStrong hashtag on social media.

Mayors from across the region, including Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter, expressed their excitement for this year’s virtual celebration.

“The City of Oshawa is excited to announce that our Durham Region communities have come together to celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday virtually this year!” says Carter. “And while there will be a part of us that yearns to be at Lakeview Park with our neighbours and friends on Canada Day, we are excited to be able to offer amazing local talent and entertainment now to the comfort and safety of your home.”

For more information on Canada Day the Durham Way, visit