How Canada is celebrating Canada Day

, Last Updated: 12:57 PM ET

The True North, strong and free - we sure do like to celebrate that fact. Canada Day is celebrated with pride from coast to coast in honour of our independence from the British Empire in 1867. Cities large and small go to great lengths to pay tribute to this great country of ours, with outdoor concerts celebrating Canadian talent, fireworks, street fairs and parades. There are also citizenship ceremonies across the country, officially welcoming new citizens to their adopted home called Canada.

Canada Day in Charlottetown, PEI

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, the meeting that paved the way to Canadian Confederation, and a year long, province-wide party is being kicked off this Canada Day. The whole family can enjoy a packed day of free activities and entertainment at the new Charlottetown Event Grounds. Highlighting the day’s events is the PEI 2014 Concert for Canada featuring a fantastic line-up of rising stars and Canadian musical icons including David Myles, Roch Voisine, George Canyon, Tegan & Sara, Classified, and the Barenaked ladies. Cap off your day with one of the largest fireworks displays in the country.

Canada Day in Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa, Canada’s Capital, is the number one place to be on July 1st for the country’s biggest annual birthday celebration. It’s a gigantic party on the lawns of Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques Cartier Park and on the closed streets of downtown, drawing Canadians from all over the country.

Parliament Hill is the focal point for Canada Day celebrations, with a ceremonial flag raising and changing of the guard at 9 am, followed by the noontime playing of ‘Oh Canada’ and a flyby by Canada's Snowbirds aerobatics team. The afternoon will host a huge concert featuring Canadian performers throughout the day. Some of the scheduled musical groups include Carly Rae Jepsen, British Columbia Boys Choir, Mariana Trench, Serena Ryder and Véronic DiCaire to name a few. The adored Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will also be making a special appearance, and the day will be capped off with a giant fireworks display that you won’t want to miss.

Canada Day in Calgary, Alberta

Canada Day 2014 will be one to remember this year in Calgary, with something for everyone to enjoy. Show your national pride, and take part in the Canada Day Living Flag event. The first three thousand people to check-in will receive a free red or white t-shirt and will eventually form the Canadian flag, capping it off with the singing of the national anthem. Foodies will love the Food Truck Roundup and BassBus at Festival Market, shoppers will love the street fair and night market, and music lovers will be thrilled with the lineup of rock, pop, indie and folk bands. Come for the fun and stay for the fireworks at the end of the activity-packed day!

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