Mayor Helen Posti cuts one of two Canada Day cakes at the arena after the Reaffirmation of Citizenship at a past Canada Day celebration. File Photo.

Canada’s birthday celebrations planned for Eckville

The Canada Day celebrations will kick off at 5 p.m. at the Eckville Arena on July 1

The Town of Eckville has an evening of events lined up to celebrate Canada’s birthday on July 1.

The Canada Day celebrations will begin at 5 p.m. on the Eckville Arena.

Complimentary hot dogs with birthday cake served by Council and staff will kick off the event alongside a DJ.

A sand pile money search, entertainment by The JoeShow and face painting will run from 5 to 8 p.m.

“I like to see the families come because it’s truly a time that they can get out there and share and it’s also a time that Council can show our appreciation for the community,” said Mayor Helen Posti.

At around 5:30 p.m. “O Canada” will be sung followed by a Reaffirmation Ceremony.

The ceremony will have participants repeat the oath of citizenship to express their commitment to Canada.

“I like doing that Reaffirmation of Citizenship because it’s just a reminder of who we are and the rights we have and that we are Canadian,” explained Posti.

The singing of “God Save the Queen” will close out the formal part of the event.

Posti says the patriotic holiday is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate that ‘we live in the best country in the world.”

“There’s so may places that are suffering, people are suffering, and we get to celebrate our freedom and I think that’s probably one of the best things [about Canada Day],” added Posti.

At 8 p.m. the Eckville Recreation Board will be showing a family animated movie.

A fireworks display, at the Peace Park Outdoor Rink, will follow at dusk.

Those attending the movie and fireworks are asked to bring their own chairs.

In the case of poor weather some aspects of the event will take place in the arena lobby.

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