There are opportunities to celebrate Canada's 148th birthday in most municipalities. Here are a few options:
Granville Island Here, you'll get a chance to see a world champion hoop dancer, Lil'wat Nation member Alex Wells, as well a performance by Samba Fusion. There are also going to be several shows put on by the TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest. They include the Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet, Sitan Westerhus, Michael Bates–Northern Spy, Jen Hodge All Stars, Brad Turner Quartet, Tambura Rosa, Company B Jazz Band, and Lapis.
Canada Place This will be the 28th annual celebration at this location, which invariably features a massive display by the Canadian Armed Forces. On the plaza, enjoy performances by Aché Brasil, Hannah Georgas, Rumba Calzada, and many other acts. Here's a warning: this event is always very crowded.
Surrey Blue Rodeo will headline the annual Canada Day party in the region's second-largest city with a performance at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre (176 Street and 64th Avenue in Cloverdale). There will be a Royal Canadian Air Force fly-by and appearances by the Zolas, Me and Mae, Little India, Madeline Merlo, and many other artists.
Burrard Inlet The annual Canada Day fireworks start at 10:30 p.m. They're visible from downtown and the North Shore.
Burnaby Canada Day is celebrated in three ways in the region's third-largest city. There's a free concert at Swangard Stadium featuring 54-40, Jon and Roy, and Mostly Marley. The Burnaby Village Museum will once again offer free admission along with some patriotic themes. And at Edmonds Park, the party runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 with a performance by children's entertainer Charlotte Diamond.
North Shore Following the parade up Grand Boulevard, there will be celebrations during the day at Waterfront Park. It includes a performance by a Beatles tribute band called the Day Trippers. At John Lawson Park in West Vancouver, there are a series of musical performances in the evening leading up to the fireworks show in Burrard Inlet.
Richmond Steveston hosts the annual salmon festival on Canada Day. There are several bands playing on the main stage, including Urban Myth, Sunberry Fitness, and Stone Poets.
New Westminster Canada Day is being celebrated at Queen's Park with poetry in the bandshell from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Writers Phinder Dulai and Kevin Spenst will be among those speaking at the event.