The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Richmond Canada Day in Steveston

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      On July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Vancouver International Airport presents Richmond Canada Day in Steveston Village.

      Richmond Canada Day in Steveston will feature a free, full-day street party throughout Steveston Village, a roots-rock reggae concert by Big Sugar, the beloved Steveston Salmon Festival with the region’s largest July 1 parade, fireworks over the Fraser River, and much more.

      Kicking off the day is the Steveston Salmon Festival, known as “Canada’s biggest little birthday party”.  Since 1948, the festival has been famous for its salmon barbecue, where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. The Salmon Festival also is home to the region’s largest Canada Day Parade and this year features Canadian icons Honeymoon Suite on its main stage and an expanded children’s festival. Other attractions include a youth festival, Japanese cultural show, martial arts demonstrations, trade show, horticultural show, artisan gallery, pie and ice cream parlour, car show, food trucks, and the expanded Spirit of Steveston licenced area.

      The festival also includes a huge Canada Day Street Party spread throughout Steveston Village, which will feature 50 diverse performances on eight stages. The music includes headline performances by Big Sugar and up and coming Canadian artists Terra Lightfoot and Vince Vaccaro on the Bayview Stage, sponsored by Vanprop Investments Ltd.

      The Street Party also features an artisan village, marketplace, and food trucks. New this year is the Steveston Cup, featuring a fun 3-on-3 street hockey competition in honour of Canada’s favourite national sport, with a special guest appearance by Vancouver Canucks mascot Fin.

      Admission to Richmond Canada Day is free.