Brantford celebrating Canada Day at Lions Park

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Brantford residents and visitors can expect another exciting celebration to mark Canada’s birthday this year.

On July 1, the Steve Brown Sports Complex and Lions Park will host Brantford’s biggest annual bash. All are invited to share their pride in their country and city. Among the highlights for this year’s celebration are free live entertainment, delicious food and family-friendly programming and activities all day long.

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. by welcoming some of Canada’s newest citizens with the citizenship ceremony in Lions Park Arena. Opening ceremonies will kick off on the main stage at 12 p.m., followed by an afternoon of live entertainment with performances by 2017 Brantford Has Talent first place winner Jack Demarest, as well as Pretzel Logic, Johannes Linstead, The Ones, Freedom Train, Lee Harvey Osmond, and headliner 54.40.

Young Canadians can look forward to appearances by Bob the Builder, Freedom House presents The Day Kindness Changes the World, Paw Patrol’s Rubble, The BarryO Kidshow, Masha & The Bear, and 30 Dollar Weekend.

Participants will also enjoy popular favorites including the Campbell Amusements KidZone, helicopter rides, Independent Pro Wrestling, the Rotary Club of Brantford – Sunrise Beer Tent, the Made in Canada Exhibit, and the Canada Day Marketplace area.

New this year is the addition of The Room, an innovative escape experience.

Groups will have five thrilling minutes to solve their way out of the escape room trailer.

Attendees are encouraged to stick around to take in the spectacular fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. For a complete list of the day’s events and activities, visit brantford.ca/canadaday.

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