While Canada celebrates it's 151st birthday this year, there is nowhere across our home and native land that parties quite like Ottawa. As our nation's capital, the only way to celebrate with a bang is to head down to Parliament Hill and spend the night arm in arm with your fellow Canadians.
Though Ottawa is on its way to having their hottest Canada Day ever, the party won't stop in the capital. Here is everything you need to know about what's happening in Ottawa so you can plan your best July 1st yet.
Who's going to be there?
Though Justin Trudeau will not be on Parliament Hill this year, there is still a star-studded lineup for the Canada Day concert on the hill. Performers like Lights, Ruth B, Brigitte Boisjoli, and headliners The Arkells are sure to make your night epic.
Where to celebrate downtown?
Honestly, a better question is where can't you celebrate downtown? Head to Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, or the Canadian Museum of History for the free concerts. There will be a free art gallery at City Hall.
Plus as an added bonus you can get free admission to the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum and Canadian Museum of History only on July 1.
Where to see fireworks?
Though last years 20 minute and 17-second show (get it?!) was an amazing feat, this year the show is only supposed to run for about 15 minutes after 10:00 PM on Parliament Hill. The performance will also be accompanied by a totally Canadian soundtrack to make the experience that much more magical.
Tip from locals: Parliament Hill is not always the best place to watch the display, as part of the buildings can hide the beauty of the fireworks. Locals recommend Major's Hill Park, the Chateau Laurier, the Canadian Museum of History, or Notre Dame Basilica.
How to get to the festivities?
Luckily the OC Transpo made a promise that is still kept to this day, meaning that bus service around Ottawa will be free both day and night.
Enjoy your time on Canada Day, but be sure to have a safe and happy holiday.