Were you looking forward to heading out to celebrate the true north this summer? It turns out that July 1 festivities are going to be a little different this year. Canada Day 2020 is officially going virtual and you can tune in from home.

In a time of cancellations and closures, here's something else that's been affected by COVID-19.

Steven Guilbeault, the minister of Canadian heritage, announced that the government has decided to celebrate the annual milestone in a different way.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Day is going to be virtual in a way that will let everyone come together without actually being together.

"Since the beginning of this crisis, Canadians have shown solidarity with one another. Every day, we witness the caring, generosity and resilience of people right across the country," Guilbeault said in a statement.

The government is working with artists and artisans to put together a virtual program that reflects Canada's diversity and values.

It will also showcase all the talent the country has to offer.

So, on July 1, Canadians from all over the country will be able to tune into online celebrations.

Guilbeault said that there will be more details about Canada Day festivities soon.

Events in the near future have been getting cancelled or postponed for a while now as people across the country continue to stay at home if they can and take part in physical distancing.

Canada Day is the latest in a slew of events and gatherings being changed because of COVID-19.

On April 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that moving too quickly when it comes to lifting restrictions would be "extremely damaging" for the country.

He went on to mention that it would be weeks before we can even consider loosening measures currently in place.

Last year, celebrations in the nation's capital for Canada Day included free performances from a bunch of artists like musicians and dancers, activities, games and, of course, fireworks at Major’s Hill Park, Parliament Hill and the Canadian Museum of History. 

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