Canada Day 2020: Big parties give way to online shows amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted In: News Date:Jul 1st, 2020

Canadians are finding new ways to celebrate Canada Day as they mark the national holiday under unprecedented circumstances.

Canada Day 2020 takes place amid both a global pandemic and a growing conversation about systemic racism in society.

Large celebrations like the annual pomp and pageantry on Parliament Hill are being replaced with backyard barbecues and digital events to keep crowds from gathering.

Instead, the Ottawa shows will be streamed at midday and in the evening and will be followed by virtual fireworks, all part of a buffet of digital activities Canadian Heritage has curated.

The 53 bells of the Peace Tower will still ring today, with two special recitals streamed live.