This week on the Romance Writers Weekly blog, Jenna Da Sie asks:
What are you doing or did you do for the 4th of July or Canada Day to celebrate? Did you see any good fireworks?
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
Summer is a great time for festivals in many cities. My own, Prince George, is just coming into its own in regards to that, in my opinion. There's always been the favourite few, but since we hosted the Canada Winter Games in 2015 and celebrated our 100th Birthday in 2016, there seems to be a bigger push on to celebrate with outdoor music, food and fun!
Canada Day has always been one of the biggest parties of the year. It is arranged by the Immigrant and Multiculturalism Society, which I think is an amazing testament to the welcoming attitude most Canadians have to those who have moved to the country in recent years. Thousands go to the city's biggest park to sample ethnic food from a wide variety of cultures, and enjoy entertainment that celebrates our diversity. There is always a strong First Nations presence as well, as we recognize our European culture was not the first in this land. This year was particular special, though, as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation!
In the past few years, we've usually celebrated Canada Day at one of the many beautiful campgrounds in our area. But this year we were in town, so decided to take in an open air concert at Canada Games Plaza. We caught the two of the three bands, and again it truly shows what a melting pot Canada is. The first, Andino Suns, is a band out of Regina that combines the flavours of South America, particularly Chile, with the wide open spaces of the Canadian Prairies. The second, Delhi2Dublin, is a Vancouver based band that fuses East Indian percussion, Celtic fiddle and digital sounds into fast-paced alternative rock. You really have to check them out. The night ended with some fantastic fireworks – always a great way to celebrate!
I'm always interested to hear about other countries customs and traditions. It's one of the reasons I love to travel. What do you do to celebrate important days in your country? Let me know!
Then be sure to hope on over to the instigator of this topic, Jenna da Sie. She has connections to both Canada and the US – she must have some stories to tell about July 1st and 4th celebrations!