Canada Day

Stettler residents will be treated to a Canada Day fireworks display

There are all kinds of fun ways to celebrate Canada Day

Don’t forget! The Town of Stettler is pleased to announce that the annual Canada Day fireworks display will proceed.

Town staff ask that residents enjoy the show from their property, one of the many green spaces in the vicinity of West Stettler Park, or from the comfort of their vehicles in the designated parking areas.

The fireworks display will launch from inside West Stettler Park rather than 70th St. to ensure that there is ample parking for all visitors.

The display is being designed to maximize height to give everyone an excellent view of the fireworks from the various parking lots and surrounding area.

“We thank all participants for their cooperation as we work to ensure a fun and safe celebration for the community. On behalf of the Town of Stettler, we hope that you have a wonderful Canada Day!”

Meanwhile, Canada Day marks the anniversary of Canada’s Constitution Act of 1867. The holiday is celebrated across all 10 provinces and three territories.

Each province or territory will host its own events in commemoration of Canada Day. Individuals can add to the festivities with their own contributions to the celebration.

• Celebrate Canadian traditions. Explore what makes Canada so unique and incorporate those things into your celebration. Maple syrup is as Canadian as food gets, so create a maple-bacon burger for the festivities. Learn about beavers or other wildlife that is native to Canada.

• Play hockey. Few things are as Canadian as hockey, and millions of people watch or play hockey around the world. While ice may not be covering the ground come July, enthusiasts can don their inline skates and play hockey right in the streets on Canada Day. Give out hockey-themed party favors, such as cookies or chocolates shaped like hockey pucks.

• Enjoy Canadian desserts. Canadians have created many highly regarded foods. While poutine garners a lot of attention, Canadians also have a notorious sweet tooth. Serve Nanaimo bars, which is a Canadian-born dessert named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. The bars have a wafer, nut and coconut crumb base; custard icing in the middle; and a layer of chocolate ganache on top.

• Celebrate Canadian artists. Compile a playlist of famed Canadian singers, including Justin Bieber, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, and Shania Twain for your backyard gathering.

• Make safe fireworks. Fireworks are fun to watch from afar when they are set off by professionals. For kids who want to enjoy some safe explosions, some simple science can fit the bill, courtesy of the positive parenting site OneTimeThrough. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda into three or four ice cube tray compartments. Fill the remaining space with water and add four to five drips of food coloring to each. Mix until the baking soda is dissolved, then freeze. Pour white vinegar into a see-through jar to roughly one inch in depth. Then add cooking oil to a depth of two inches. Drop the ice cubes into the jars for some gas-powered pyrotechnics.

Canada Day is here and fun can be the name of the game when creative ideas come into play.

– with files from Metro Creative Services