Canada Day events are back in Penticton in Gyro Park. (File photo)

A lot planned for Canada Day in the Park in Penticton

Canada’s 155th birthday will feature live music and activities finished by fireworks

Canada Day events have finally returned to Penticton with an invitation for everyone to join in on the fun at Gyro Park on Friday, July 1.

Canada Day in the Park family day goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music, performances, inflatables, Hoodoo Adventure Company’s obstacle course, yoga, vendors and food trucks.

The Downtown Penticton Association (DPA) is organizing this year’s Canada Day, taking it back from the city of Penticton.

“We are really excited to be able to bring back community events this year. Since this is the first Canada Day we have been able to have in-person in two years, we look forward to bringing thousands of visitors into the downtown area,” said Brett Turner who is the newly appointed DPA executive director.

“We have a fantastic lineup of entertainers and activities this year, including the Indigenous cultural dance from the Bent Family (2 p.m.), an incredible drum performance by Yamabiko Taiko (11 a.m.), musical acts from local favourites like Aiden & Mandy (3 p.m.), and renowned performers such as The Meliponas and Tiller’s Folly (5 p.m.),” added Turner.

Music and activities start at 10 a.m. and will run throughout the day until 6 p.m. Keep an eye out for our Canada Day Market, free face painting, a colouring station and other family-friendly activities.

The opening ceremony will begin at noon, when Serenity Baptiste will perform the Okanagan Song, followed by the national anthem played by the Penticton Concert Band.

Serenity Baptiste is a Syilx woman who was born and raised in Penticton and is a proud member of the Penticton Indian Band. She is a recent graduate of the nsyilxcen language fluency diploma program.

Canada’s 155th birthday ends with fireworks at Okanagan Lake Park at 10 p.m. put on by Lakeside Resort.

The 20-minute show will begin around 10 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Park.

People can expect a lot more than just fireworks by Okanagan Lake. Live music on the Barking Parrot’s patio, courtesy of Vancouver’s Paul Gibbons.

Osoyoos Canada Day

Cherry Fiesta Parade down Main Street at 11 a.m.

Children’s activities and food trucks at Gyro beach, pie eating contest, three-legged races and more from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Osoyoos’s famous fireworks at 10 p.m.

READ MORE: Scottish Festival returns July 2 in Penticton’s King’s Park

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