Published on May 15th, 2016 | by Kamla Wray
Victoria Day Weekend 2016: Where to Watch the Fireworks in and Around the GTA.
Affectionately referred to as May Two-Four among Canadians, the Victoria Day long weekend is synonymous with opening the cottage and ushering in patio, gardening and BBQ season. We officially say goodbye to frosty mornings and Mukluks, and hello to flip-flops and road construction.
Cities across Canada celebrate Queen Victoria’s birth (May 24, 1837) with parades and fireworks, though it could be said we Canadians already have much to celebrate: Raptors, hockey supremacy, Blue Jays, AND being chosen the best country in the world according to millennials.
However you choose to spend the long weekend, concluding it with an evening of fireworks is a must. Looking for options? Look no further! Here are some tried and true locations to take in spectacular pyrotechnics.
While many of the events are free to the public, please note some events and attractions have admission fees, so it’s best to confirm ahead of time.
SATURDAY MAY 21, 2016
- Victoria Day Speedfest, Clarington. Admission required.
SUNDAY MAY 22, 2016
- Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan. Regular park admission required. Time: 10pm. Weather permitting.
- Dundas Driving Park, Hamilton. Free, donations appreciated. Time: 9:30pm Rain date: Monday May 23, 2016.
- Milton Boomfest, Milton. Admission required. “Mini Fireworks” Time: At dusk.
- Ballantrea Community Park, Stouffville, Free Time: 9pm
MONDAY MAY 23, 2016
- Ashbridge’s Bay Park, Toronto. Free. Time: TBA Last year: 10pm-10:15pm
- Nobleton Arena Grounds, Nobleton Time: At dusk
- Milton Boomfest, Milton. Admission required. “Gala Fireworks extravaganza”. Time: At dusk
Fireworks safety tips*
- Appoint a responsible person to be in charge. Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
- Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
- Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
- Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
- Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
- Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
- Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
- Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. As the sparkler wire remains hot for some minutes after burnout, it should be immediately soaked in water to avoid injury.
- If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.
Knowing what’s open and closed ahead of time can make for better planning. From mall hours and grocery store closures to knowing which restaurants and move theatres are open, we’ve got you covered this long weekend.
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