Public Service Announcement
Information about fireworks on Canada Day
Fireworks will be set off over Edmonton’s river valley on Thursday, July 1 at 11 p.m.
As health restrictions start to ease, Edmontonians are asked to take precautions where possible this Canada Day. This year’s fireworks display will include more high-level bursts so that people may view them from farther away, allowing spectators to stay physically distanced from others.
We want to remind everyone that voluntary mask wearing is a reasonable choice for some people and one others should respect. Anyone planning to take transit should be aware that as part of the province’s Stage 3 reopening plan, it will still be mandatory for masks to be worn in public vehicles like buses, LRT, taxis and ride shares.
Please stay home if you are sick, as there are some people who are immunocompromised, and children cannot get vaccinated. The fireworks will be livestreamed for anyone who would like to watch from home.
During this extreme heat, drink plenty of water and watch for signs of heat illness. The City’s Extreme Weather Protocol remains in effect.
Fireworks Viewing and Access
The fireworks display will be choreographed to music by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Tune into CBC Radio 93.9 FM and 740 AM during the fireworks to listen.
Pedestrian Access Only (closed to vehicles):
River Valley Road, Walterdale Hill Road and Queen Elizabeth Park Road
Queen Elizabeth Park Hill
109 Street (between Saskatchewan Drive and the High Level Bridge)
Note: No viewing is available from Kinsmen Park.
Pedestrian access will be unavailable in Kinsmen Park (including trail access), and the High Level and Menzies Bridges after road closures are in effect. Kinsmen playground and picnic areas are closed starting at 6 a.m. on Canada Day.
North-South Pedestrian Bridge Access:
Pedestrian access across the North Saskatchewan River will be unavailable from 9:45 p.m. until 90 minutes after the fireworks:
High Level Bridge
109 Street southbound, from 97 Avenue/High Level Bridge to 87 Avenue
Pedestrian access across the river will be available via the Groat Road Bridge, James Macdonald Bridge, Walterdale Bridge and the Low Level Bridge.
For safety reasons, a portion of the river in front of the launch zone at Kinsmen (from approximately the High Level Bridge to the Walterdale Bridge) will be blocked off to all watercraft during the fireworks. Before taking watercraft out on the North Saskatchewan River, check the boat launch notifications. Closures may occur due to water levels, weather, or other situations.
Road Closures on July 1
Expect traffic delays two hours before the fireworks and two hours after the show. Please be patient and courteous to help to make the trip home from the fireworks safe for everyone.
If you need to cross the river, please be aware of the potential for delay and adjust your travel plans accordingly. For road closure details visit the Special Event Road Closures web page or view the Current Traffic Disruptions map.
River Valley Fireworks – Road Closures
Queen Elizabeth Park and Indigenous Art Park : ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ parking lots
Kinsmen Sport Centre and Queen Elizabeth Pool parking lot
Victoria Park, Site #6 parking lot
River Valley Road (westbound traffic only from Victoria Golf Course)
Menzies LRT bridge – Pedestrian level closed
High Level Bridge sidewalks closed (both sides)
Walterdale Bridge – closed to vehicles; pedestrian access open (both sides)
Fort Hill Road
Queen Elizabeth Park Road
107 Street, from 98 Avenue to Jasper Avenue
109 Street northbound, from 87 Avenue to Saskatchewan Drive
104 Street, south of 96 Avenue
High Level Bridge, closed to vehicles (both directions)
97 Avenue, from 105 Street to 109 Street
109 Street, from 97 Avenue to 100 Avenue
Alberta Legislature – Road Closures
July 1 (5 a.m.) – July 2 (2 a.m.)
Fortway Drive (currently closed for construction)
96 Avenue, from 106 Street to Fortway Drive
107 Street, from 99 Avenue to Fortway Drive
Increased parking restrictions will be in effect on Canada Day. The installation of no parking signs and no stopping signs will begin early on July 1 to ensure that these lanes are clear of vehicles during peak traffic times.
There will be no stopping or parking from 7 p.m. until midnight at these locations:
109 Street, between 99 Avenue and 104 Avenue
109 Street, between 82 Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive
107 Street, between 99 Avenue and 102 Avenue
105 Street, between 102 Avenue and 104 Avenue
After 8 p.m., parking will not be available at Kinsmen Sports Center, Queen Elizabeth Pool or Victoria Park Site #6 Picnic Shelter.
Obey all signage and direction of any onsite security personnel. Vehicles illegally parked will be tagged and towed.
For more information about parking: edmonton.ca/parking.
ETS Canada Day Service
On Canada Day, Thursday, July 1, all ETS bus and LRT routes will operate on their regular Sunday schedules, with additional service for the fireworks show. Regular transit fares apply.
ETS will provide service to the fireworks on Routes 523 and 701 and from the fireworks on Routes 2, 8, 523 and 701. Capital/Metro Line trains will run every 15 minutes all day, with Metro Line trains running between Health Sciences/Jubilee and NAIT stations.
To keep everyone safe and healthy, ETS customers are reminded that under the Province’s Stage 3 reopening plan, wearing a mask or face covering on transit is mandatory, unless exempt under the bylaw. Please allow plenty of time to get where you’re going on Canada Day. Plan ahead and expect travel delays both before and after the fireworks display. Visit edmonton.ca/transit for more details and to plan your trip.
Please note: From 10:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., LRT service may be delayed on the bridge between Government Centre and University Stations while the fireworks debris is being cleared.
Be safe and make sure you have a permit to use fireworks this Canada Day. Always check if there is a fire ban in effect before use and make sure wind conditions are safe. For more information contact the Fire Prevention Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 4–9 p.m. (No daytime hours)
Location: 9626 96A Street NW
Cost: Regular Admission
Spend the day at the Muttart Conservatory! Although there is no Canada Day event, the whole family is invited to join us during our special Thursday evening hours. Tickets must be purchased online in advance at movelearnplay.edmonton.ca.
Edmonton Valley Zoo
Time: 9 a.m–5 p.m.
Location: 13315 Buena Vista Road and 87 Avenue
Cost: Regular Admission
Note: There will be no Canada Day events happening at City Hall or the Alberta Legislature Grounds or at Mill Woods Park.
Splash away on Canada Day at one of the City’s spray parks.