Three years ago, Canada Day celebrations were as much a part of regular Canadian life as snow on the ground in winter and complaining about the heat in summer. Nobody could have ever imagined a time when it was literally illegal for large groups of passionate Canadians to celebrate Canada’s big day together – that was until 2020.
After two years of virtual or cancelled Canada Days, July 1st, 2022 marked the beginning of the new normal, when (almost) regular celebrations could once again be safely enjoyed by all. The atmosphere – as you can imagine – was palpable.
It was simply wonderful to gather together again, and for the first time in seemingly forever, we could see the smiling faces of our friends and neighbours as they joyously walked the Main Streets of our towns and villages with their loved ones. Thankfully for us all, the weather was on our side as it was a truly glorious sunny day in Cumberland – the perfect way to kickoff our Nova Scotia summer.
Hats off to the Town of Amherst who celebrated in style by shutting off part of Victoria Street so local residents could celebrate safely in Downtown Amherst.
The event kicked off with speeches from Mayor Kogon, Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin and many others. The town then gave out red and white cupcakes while live music was played by local band, the Christopher Brown Trio.
Hundreds of local children were so excited to play on the four free bouncy castles set up throughout the street, and the adults were happy to enjoy offerings from local food vendors and game booths organized by the town.
We stopped and asked a local lady for her opinion on the day, and she said: “As a mother with two little ones, it’s so great to see them playing with other local kids again. The Town of Amherst did an amazing job with this event, especially because it was all free to do – which during these times is rare to see. There is so much to do and see and enjoy today. We will… be back here July 1st next year for sure!”
Over in Pugwash, the Gathering of The Clans was a huge success after being missed by so many the last few years. The event kicked off with their popular Grand Parade through the streets of the village, followed by bouncy castles, vendors and fun. The day also included some incredible live music from artists including Christina Martin, Dale Murray and Dave Gunning.
The Springhill Recreational Department held their Canada Day celebrations at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre, which included delicious cakes, face painting, and lots of fun games and activities for all the family. The Legion in Parrsboro also hosted an event for the locals that included park play, games, activities and face painting.
When dusk hit on July 1st, the skies of Cumberland County were lit with outstanding firework displays in Amherst, Parrsboro, Pugwash and Springhill.
There’s nothing quite like the joy and wonder on a child’s face as explosions of light brighten the night sky on our beloved Canada’s birthday – it sure does make you feel proud to live in such an amazing country, doesn’t it?
We want to extend a sincere thank you to all the municipalities, community groups and volunteers that put on these great events for our residents to enjoy. It is safe to say that a great day was had by all here in Cumberland, and we are already looking forward to all the festivities next year!
Let us know what you thought of this year’s Canada Day celebrations by contacting us now.