RELEASE — For the second year in a row – and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the priority to keep our community safe – the City’s annual Canada Day celebrations at Grass Creek Park and night-time fireworks display downtown have been cancelled.
Large indoor and outdoor social gatherings and organized public events are prohibited until Ontario enters Step Three, which isn’t expected until late July. The City looks forward to bringing back community events when the time is right!
Love Kingston this Canada Day!
Celebrate Canada Day by showing your love for Kingston – shop local stores and visit restaurant patios city-wide! Visit the Love Kingston Marketplace – the downtown area where streets have been closed or narrowed to allow more room for businesses and customers to physically distance.
Stay safe: Please help ensure everyone’s safe enjoyment of the area by observing the physical-distancing measures and signage in place – and bring a face covering as you may need it.
On Canada Day, look for these Love Kingston Marketplace activities:
* Ontario Street will be closed from 11 a.m. until midnight to allow restaurants between Johnson and Clarence to expand onto the roadway.
* There will be expanded patio operations in parking lay-by spaces on Princess, Brock and other participating downtown streets.
* A Kids Corner will be set up in the amphitheatre of Springer Market Square adorned with Selfie Walls and ‘Chalk Art’ Stickers for posing.
* Love Kingston Vending Stalls will operate in the Square from 6 to 10 p.m.
* Muskoka Chairs will be available on Market Street (the street is closed to traffic).
* Bistro at the Square – order items to your table from participating restaurants for contactless delivery by Sociavore.
* This year’s Paved Paradise art installation is up at the corner of Brock and Ontario streets.
* Arts Walk. This is a self-guided stroll along the waterfront from Doug Fluhrer Park to Lake Ontario Park noting public art works.
City of Kingston and Utilities Kingston schedules will change due to the Canada Day holiday on Thursday, July 1.
Please note that many City services and Utilities Kingston offices remain closed on Friday, July 2. Most City and Utilities Kingston employees have been given this day off in recognition of the significant additional work that has gone in to managing municipal operations and essential utility services throughout the pandemic.
* Garbage, Green Bin and recycling: There is no collection on July 1. For the rest of the week, collection occurs the day after your regular collection day. Sign-up to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email at CityofKingston.ca/collection.
* Kingston Transit: Buses will run on a Sunday schedule on July 1. Please visit service alerts page for COVID-19-related service changes.
* Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service on July 1. Call 613-542-2512 for information.
* Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed July 1 and 2.
* Administrative Offices (including housing and social services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences): Closed July 1 and 2.
* Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed July 1 and 2. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. Hydro One electricity customers in the city’s west and east ends should call 1-800-434-1235. Enbridge customers can call 1-877-969-0999. Reminder for customers on time-of-use pricing: for electricity used on weekends and holidays – like Canada Day, July 1 – prices are off-peak.
* Arenas, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, INVISTA Centre (including Fitness & Wellness Centre), Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
* CaraCo Home Field: Open.
* Outdoor Aqua Park: Open July 1, 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. View the pool schedule and register for a program at www.CityofKingston.ca/PLAY (https://www.cityofkingston.ca/PLAY) . Program registration opens one week before programs start.
* Splash pads: Open.
* Libraries: Closed on July 1. Services and digital collections can be accessed online. Don’t have a library card? Register online .
* Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin marinas: Open.
* Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
* MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and PumpHouse Museum: Closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
* Tett Centre: Closed July 1. The Juniper Café will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (patio only).
Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds you that lighting your own fireworks can be dangerous. If you choose to do so, follow the outdoor fire safety guidelines.