West Vancouver celebrates Canada Day with the Red & White Picnic, fireworks and live music at John Lawson Park in the afternoon and evening of July 1st.
West Van’s Canada Day Red and White Picnic
West Vancouver celebrates July 1st with its Red & White Picnic event at John Lawson Park. Most years it begins at 4:30 pm or so which is conveniently just after celebrations finish in North Vancouver at Waterfront Park. In 2019, however, the festivities start at 2 o’clock.
At the John Lawson event, take your picnic and something to sit on and expect to enjoy a pleasant evening of fresh air, amazing views and live entertainment.
Canada Day Picnic Details
West Vancouver’s Canada Day Red and White Picnic takes place at John Lawson Park which is located on the waterfront at the end of 16th Street just a block or two south of Marine Drive.
There is live music and entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, and the day finishes with fireworks starting at around 10:30 pm.
2019 Canada Day Entertainment
Here is the schedule of events at John Lawson Park for Canada Day in 2019.
- 2:00 pm – Citizenship Ceremony
- 4:30 pm – Sway (singing the songs of Michael Bublé)
- 5:30 pm – Planet Rhythmics (rhythmic gymnastics demonstrations)
- 6:00 pm – West Vancouver Youth Band
- 6:45 pm – Singing of O Canada
- 7:00 pm – Side One
- 10:30 pm – Fireworks
A Kids’ Zone with child-friendly activities is also open from 3:00 until 9:00 pm.
In addition to the above, there is also a Kids Zone with children’s activities from 3:00 until 9:00 pm.
Whereas the North Shore’s Canada Day festivities earlier in the day in North Vancouver attract a lot of young families, West Vancouver’s Red and White Picnic typically attracts an older crowd, although both sets of events are enjoyed by people of all ages.
Without the parade and as many kids’ activities though, there are usually fewer children at the West Vancouver event (possibly because all the activities in North Vancouver in the morning and afternoon tired them all out).
That being said, however, some of the entertainment in West Vancouver is designed for a younger adult crowd and you can expect the amazing children’s playground at John Lawson Park to be exceptionally busy during the event.
About the John Lawson Area
John Lawson Park is a beautiful park with a large open lawn, a shared covered picnic area, a fabulous children’s playground, a rocky beach and a pier that you can fish from and throw your crab traps off. John Lawson Park is also connected by a seawall to Dundarave to the west and Ambleside to the east.
While at the Red & White Picnic event, go for a stroll along the water. With views of the Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, English Bay and ships going in and out from Burrard Inlet, the Ambleside to Dundarave route is one of the Lower Mainland’s nicest places to walk along the ocean. (Note: there is a section or two where you need to walk along the road, especially just before Ambleside, but for most of the way you’re close to the water.)
For further details about the Canada Day celebrations at John Lawson Park, see the District of West Vancouver‘s website.
For other major events in the Lower Mainland at different times of the year, check out the Festivals and Events Calendar. And for Vancouver’s next major festival which takes place on the following weekend, check out Carnaval del Sol.
For information on other July 1st events elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, check out Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.