Happy Birthday Canada! On July 1, 2017, everyone across our country was celebrating this exceptional milestone for Canada. Dressing in red and white, people were proudly waving our Canadian national flag. At the Celebration Square in Mississauga, the excitement was growing by the minute before the fireworks. Although the weather didn’t cooperate with us, it didn’t destroy our spirit for the celebration.
“Canada is so beautiful and nice, and we appreciate the things they do for us. They help the poor and the refugees,” said an attendee of the event.
I believe that Canada accepts anyone who is willing to be a part of it, from coast to coast, east to west, north to south.
“No matter what religion you believe in, no matter what accent you have, no matter what country you come from, we will always be united, to become one!” Peter Fonseca, a member of council stated to the crowd that afternoon.
During the ceremony, there were many different activities. The fountain in the center of Celebration Square was open to everyone to play and splash around in the water. Along the border of the field, there were food trucks and stands where you could try and taste the delicious, traditional foods in Canada. These include beaver tails, a famous dessert from Canada, traditional pickles that are originated in Canada, and maple syrup made in Quebec. Many performances were happening on the main stage in the afternoon. Parade of Nations, organized by Carassauga, marched out with each ethnic community carrying their nation’s flags at the beginning of the evening ceremony. People wore their nation’s traditional clothing and presented their country’s specialties.
Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie, and Members of Council made their words. Each describing the incredible future for our country. “The next generation will make Canada an even better country!”
Far and Wide, a native Canadian singing group, performed their original songs and the anthem for Mississauga. The night was filled with laughter and excitement. Several different famous musicians took the stage, including Fito Blanko, Neon Dreams, K’NAAN, and Metis Fiddler Quartet. The fireworks were an amazing sight, bursting red and white, truly displaying the Canadian spirit!
Canada’s 150-Year-Old Birthday Card was on display and was available for attendees to sign it. It was trying to break Guinness World Records for the largest birthday card. It has 39 separate panels, each panel measuring 4 feet by 8 feet. The total length is 47.2 meters (155 feet).
My day at Celebration Square was absolutely amazing! The activities and booths truly demonstrated Canada’s specialties. When you leave, you will be filled with amazing memories from this celebration.