Canada Day in Surrey is celebrated on July 1 at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre with a carnival midway, entertainment and family-friendly activities.
2020 EVENT GOES VIRTUAL
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and government instructions that major in-person events not take place this summer, the annual Canada Day celebrations did not happen as usual in 2020.
Instead of live music, amusement rides and family-friendly activities at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, the City of Surrey hosted a virtual event on July 1st from 6:00 until 9:00 pm, plus a family-friendly one-hour show starting at 10:30 in the morning. People could watch the celebrations, including a fireworks finale, on Facebook and YouTube.
The 2020 virtual event was hosted by Canadian Olympic ice hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser. Performing in the online show were a range of artists including headliners Colin James, Bif Naked and 54-40.
Other performers at Surrey’s virtual event in 2020 included Alex Cuba, Ashley Pater, Calle Verde, Me & Mae, the Piano Men, the Praise Team, Raincity, Toque and VanCity Bhangra. Indigenous performers include the Kwel Eng Sen Dancers and Wild Moccasin Dancers. For children, there were also Ginalina, Matt Henry and Rockin’ Robin.
Bands that were going to participate, but then backed out in protest about what they perceived as the city’s lack of commitment to anti-racism, were Said the Whale, The Beaches and Mother Mother.
Click Canada Day 2020 in Surrey for more details.
To learn about July 1st events in other municipalities in the region, click Canada Day in the Lower Mainland in 2020.
Canada Day in Surrey
One of the largest Canada Day events in the Lower Mainland, the Surrey celebrations are especially popular with young families during the day and people of all ages at night.
Highlights of Canada Day in Surrey include the amusement rides and fireworks every year.
Except for the rides, the festivities are free!
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Where and When
In years when the live event does take place, Surrey Canada Day celebrations are at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre which is located at 17728 64th Avenue by the Cloverdale Fairgrounds at the corner of 176th Street & 64th. The venue is a nice large grassy field, which makes it a perfect place for the carnival rides and free outdoor concerts.
The event usually runs from 10:00 am until about 11:00 pm. Live entertainment starts on the Main Stage at 11:00 in the morning and the fireworks take off starting at about 10:30 pm.
TIP: If it’s a sunny day take lots of sunscreen, water and a hat as it can be hot and there isn’t a lot of shade.
Surrey Canada Day Activities
Activities at Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations include carnival rides, kids’ activities, vendor and community information stalls, live entertainment and the evening’s fireworks.
At the Surrey Canada Day event there are numerous tents and vendor stalls spread out over the lawns of the venue. There are also food trucks, market vendors, community organization stalls and activities for children.
The Surrey Canada Day event is especially good for young families. There’s a Kids World venue with crafts and family-friendly activities, and a Toddler Town with a play area for parents and their little folk.
At the venue there is also a sports zone, skate boarding area and more. There is something for every age!
Canada Day Amusement Rides
Canada Day in Surrey is one of the few July 1st events in the Lower Mainland that features serious carnival-style amusement rides.
Other Canada Day event venues might have bouncy castles and inflatable slides for little kids, but in Surrey there’s usually a Ferris Wheel, the Zipper and Zero Gravity, among other attractions.
Tickets for the amusement rides at Surrey’s Canada Day event cost about $1.25 and rides require between 3 and 6 tickets each. Books of 20 tickets are also available for $23, and books of 40 cost $45. Prices include GST. All-day wristbands are not available.
On July 1st, 2020, the midway was scheduled to open at 10:00 am and continue until 10:15 pm (so just before the fireworks). 2021 details will be similar.
Amusement Ride Tips
TIP #1: To avoid the longest lineups, hit the rides early in the day.
TIP #2: Ride tickets are non-refundable, so be sure to use them up well before the fireworks start at the end of the day.
TIP #3: If you find you can’t use up all your tickets, it’s good to know that the tickets don’t expire. You can use them again next year, or at a Shooting Stars Amusements event at another time (like at the Abbotsford Agrifair in August on the BC Day Long Weekend).
Canada Day Live Entertainment
There is live entertainment at Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations most years, beginning at 11:00 am and finishing with a concert just before the fireworks.
Entertainment at the Surrey Canada Day event usually takes place in five locations: on the Main Stage, Tim Hortons Maple Leaf Stage, Rodeo Stage, Kid’s Stage and Strawberry Tea area.
Below is the schedule of events for the 2019 Canada Day celebrations. We expect 2021 details to be comparable.
Main Stage (2019)
- 11:00 am – Matt Henry: a juggler and entertainer
- 12:00 pm – Jessie Farrell: a Canadian singer-songwriter
- 1:00 pm – Raincity: a female-led Funk band
- 1:30 pm – O Canada & Opening Ceremonies (with the Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band and Ashley Pater)
- 2:00 pm – Ashley Pater: a 15-year-old Vancouver-based singer-songwriter
- 2:30 pm – The Wild Moccasin Dancers: a First Nations dance group
- 3:30 pm – Aché Brasil: a Brazilian dance group
- 4:30 pm – Her Brothers: a Vancouver trio of brothers
- 5:30 pm – Buckman Coe: a local Soul band
- 6:30 pm – The Hip Show: a Canadian Tragically Hip tribute band
- 7:30 pm – Bif Naked: a Canadian singer-songwriter with a JUNO nomination for best album of the year
- 8:55 pm – Marie Hui
- 9:00 pm – Our Lady Peace: a JUNO Award-wining Canadian Rock band
- 10:30 pm – Fireworks
Rodeo Stage (2019)
- 11:00 am – Pat Chessell and the Swingin’ Teardrops
- 12:00 pm – The Heels
- 1:00 pm – Ben Klick
- 2:00 pm – Pat Chessell & the Swingin’ Teardrops: a Vancouver-based Celtic band
- 3:00 pm – Shylo Sharity: a singer-songwriter from Fort Langley BC
- 4:00 pm – The Heels: an all-female Country trio from North Vancouver
- 5:00 pm – Dave Hartney: a Canadian Country music singer
Tim Hortons Maple Leaf Stage (2019)
- 11:30 am – Wild Mocassins
- 12:40 pm – VanCity Bhangra: a Bhangra dance group
- 2:00 pm – Sam the Astronaut
- 3:00 pm – Asi Somos: a band playing Folk music originating from Venezuela
- 4:00 pm – Ben Klick: a multi-talented Country music singer
- 5:00 pm – Star Captains: a Vancouver-based band
- 6:10 pm – Nylez k
Kids’ Stage (2019)
- 11:00 am – Norma McKnight
- 11:30 am – Rockin’ Robin: a live musical performance starring Robin Redcoat and her animal friends
- 12:00 pm – Cosmo Circus
- 12:30 pm – Matt Henry
- 1:00 pm – Norma McKnight
- 2:00 pm – Cosmo Circus
- 2:30 pm – Rockin’ Robin
- 3:00 pm – Norma McKnight
- 4:00 pm – Jessie Farrell
Strawberry Tea (2019)
- 11:00 am – Kwel Eng Sen Dancers
- 11:30 am – Top Line Vocal Collective: a non-denominational Pop choir
- 12:05 pm – Singing of O Canada
- 12:20 pm – Beauty Shop Dolls: a trio singing songs ranging from 1920’s classics to 1960’s hits
- 1:00 pm – Classic Steps
- 1:45 pm – The Piano Men: the dueling piano duo of Richard Sera & Andre Kunkel
Surrey Canada Day Fireworks
Surrey is one of a few places in the Lower Mainland where you can see Canada Day fireworks. The pyrotechnics start at 10:30 pm and although not as quite as extensive as the displays at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, they are always still impressive.
For more information on the event at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, click Canada Day in Surrey.
For details about July 1st events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, see Metro Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.
And for other events at other times of the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.