Abbotsford celebrates Canada Day with a morning parade and then festival activities including free concerts and fireworks at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
Abbotsford on July 1st
Abbotsford hosts a number of great events throughout the year including the Abbotsford Tulip Festival (in the spring), Abbotsford Agrifair (on the August Long Weekend) and Abbotsford Airshow (in mid-August). Another great event is the Canada Day parade and festival on July 1st each year.
Canada Day celebrations in Abbotsford begin with the parade along South Fraser Way. Local residents then make their way to Abbotsford Exhibition Park for live entertainment and family-friendly activities. The festivities finish with fireworks.
THE CIRCUS IS COMING!
The Circo Osorio Circus is in Abbotsford on July 11th to 14th. It’s fabulous, family-friendly and affordable entertainment. Two kids under age eleven can go free per paying adult! Click Circo Osorio 2019 for details.
Canada Day in Abbotsford
The theme for the Canada Day celebrations in Abbotsford for 2019 is “Strong and Free.” This is a great theme as it represents everything Canada stands for, and it also refers to our national anthem.
July 1st is on a Monday in 2019. The parade starts at 11 am, the festival runs from 1 pm until evening, and fireworks finish the day at 10 pm.
Except for the parade, everything takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park which is located at 32470 Haida Drive.
The park is a big venue bordered by Haida Drive, Trethwewey Street and Maclure Road. Most of the festival activities take place in the south half of the park (so closer to Maclure Road than to Haida Drive).
Abbotsford Canada Day Parade
The Abbotsford Canada Day parade begins at 11 o’clock at the corner of South Fraser Way and Ware Street. The parade route goes west from there along South Fraser Way, turns north up Trethewey Street and then finishes at Maclure Road near Exhibition Park.
The parade includes classic cars, vintage farm equipment, street performers, clowns, local politicians waving at the crowd, marching bands and the occasional float. It’s a relatively large parade, with entries fairly spread out along the route.
Parade entries are judged and cash prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place winning participants. The parade and its participants always have a distinctly agricultural and “farm community” flavour to it.
2019 Canada Day Festival
After the parade, from 1 until 10 pm, Abbotsford Exhibition Park gets filled with people, vendors and community organization stalls, and activities for all ages.
The venue is divided up into a number of areas including the following:
- Sand Zone – an area where folk can make their own sandcastles and play in the sand from 1 until 8 pm.
- Read. Learn. Play Zone – where you’ll find representatives from the local public library as well as crafts and book-related activities.
- Twisters Gymnastics Zone – an indoor play area for all ages with a trampoline, foam pit and other gymnastics equipment in the Twisters Gymnastics building (at 32470 Haida Drive, so on the other side of the parking lot from the track).
- Agrifair Zone – a promotional area for the Abbotsford Agrifair where you can go on hay rides, see llamas and horses, and admire a demolition derby car.
- Recycle Zone – an area to learn and participate in recycling and composting activities.
Other areas on the festival grounds are the Jump Zone, Slide Zone, DiverCity Zone (where you can try on a turban), and an Airshow Zone (where you can make paper planes). There are also pony rides and various locations for arts and crafts for kids.
2019 Community Stage Schedule
In addition to the above festival activities, the Canada Day celebrations at Abbotsford Exhibition Park feature free outdoor cultural entertainment in the afternoon and concerts in the evening.
Below is a list of the entertainers and groups that are performing on the Community Stage in 2019 in the afternoon:
- 1:25 pm – Gurmat Centre Gatka
- 1:40 pm – Freestyle Dance
- 2:00 pm – Matsqui Youth Drumming
- 2:25 pm – Valley Stars
- 2:45 pm – Mayday Youth Choir
- 3:05 pm – Abbotsford Arts Academy
- 3:40 pm – Creative Edge
- 4:00 pm – Sada Virsa
Below is a list of the entertainers that are performing on the Community Stage in 2019 in the evening:
- 6:00 pm – Jen Hodge
- 6:50 pm – Jada Klein
- 7:20 pm – Ben Cottrill
- 7:45 pm – The Crescent Sky
- 8:40 pm – Saint Soldier
- 9:10 pm – Krystle Dos Santos
Abbotsford Canada Day Fireworks
A number of Canada Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland feature evening fireworks. There are pyrotechnic shows in Vancouver off a barge near Canada Place, as well as at July 1st events in Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Surrey, West Vancouver and White Rock.
Abbotsford too finishes its Canada Day event with its own fireworks displays starting at 10 pm.
For further details about the July 1st event at Exhibition Park, click Canada Day in Abbotsford.
- For more information about the town and surrounding area, click Abbotsford or Fraser Valley.
- For a list of August Long Weekend events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Canada Day Events.