Toronto residents are invited to tap into a wide range of City-run programming this Canada Day, which falls on Saturday, July 1, 2023.
Of course, this includes fireworks. Firework displays will light up the sky at four different venues across the city, including Ashbridges Bay Park (1561 Lake Shore Boulevard East), Centennial Park Etobicoke (256 Centennial Park Road), Milliken Park (5555 Steeles Avenue East), and Stan Wadlow Park (373 Cedarvale Avenue). All shows will start at 10 p.m.
Canada Day is one of two occasions on which fireworks are allowed on private property without a permit. However, for any residents wishing to put on a fireworks display of their own, there are a few important rules to note.
According to the City of Toronto’s Fireworks Bylaw, fireworks are only permitted on private property until 11 p.m. They are not permitted in City parks or on beaches, balconies, streets, parking lots, or a property that is not owned by the person setting off the fireworks. In addition, an adult 18 years of age or older should be present to supervise or set off the fireworks.
It also goes without saying that fireworks should not be set off anywhere there is a risk of fire, injury, or damage to any person or property. The misuse or illegal sale of fireworks can be reported to 311 by phone or by submitting a service request.
More information on rules, safety tips, and proper disposal of fireworks is available on the City of Toronto website.
In addition to fireworks, the City is hosting a selection of Canada Day celebrations during the day, which will take place at Nathan Phillips Square, Mel Lastman Square, Fort York National Historic Site, and Thomson Memorial Park. Admission is free for all City-run Canada Day festivities.
More information on city-wide Canada Day celebrations can be found on the City’s website.