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  Fireworks Safety and Canada Day Celebrations

Jul 01, 2009 14:41 ET

Canada Day is here and so are the celebrations! Many like to mark the occasion with a fireworks display, so here are a few tips to ensure your family and friends remain safe this July 1.

  • Never try to make your own fireworks
  • Read the warning and instruction labels on fireworks for proper methods of storage
  • Ensure you purchase your fireworks from a reliable source
  • If you give your children sparklers, ensure they keep them outside and away from their face, clothing and hair
  • Never set off fireworks anywhere other than outside in an area with lots of open space and always keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or hose handy in case of accidents
  • Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while you light them. Use eye protection and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket
  • Point fireworks away from homes and people
  • If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes
  • Light one firework at a time and never try and re-light a dud
  • Don’t pick up pieces of fireworks after they’ve gone off. Sometimes they may still be ignited and may explode. Soak them in water prior to disposing them in a metal garbage can.
  • Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose and get hurt
  • To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, attend public fireworks displays organized and monitored by your local municipality who have experts on hand.

    Here’s a list of fireworks and other events taking place in the Durham Region this Canada Day. CHECK WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.


    Place: Rotary Park
    177 Lake Driveway West, Ajax
    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Celebration cake at noon
  • Live entertainment
  • Inflatable rides
  • Exotic reptiles, petting zoo and pony rides
  • Arts and crafts
  • Shuttle bus service

    For more information, visit the Town of Ajax website.


    Place: Garnet B. Rickard Complex
    2440 King Street West, Bowmanville
    Time: 5 p.m.

    Hosted by the Rotary Club of Courtice, Canada Day fireworks will be held at dusk.

    Place: Bowmanville Museum
    62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville
    Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Official ceremonies at 1 p.m. with free Birthday cake
  • Musical entertainment provided by Friendly Fire
  • Children’s entertainer and balloon artist, Jungle Jack
  • Old Time Races – events like the sack race and three-legged race
  • Horse-drawn carriage for a guided tour of historic downtown Bowmanville
  • OPG Heritage Tent
  • Clarington Fiddle Club at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre
  • Face painting, games, crafts, BBQ and more!

    For more information please call the Museum Office at 905-623-2734
    or click here.


    Place: Lakeview Park
    55 Lakeview Park Avenue, Oshawa
    Time: Begins at 12 p.m. (Fireworks at 10 p.m.)

    Celebrate Canada’s 142nd Birthday at Lakeview Park, presented by the City of Oshawa and the Auto Workers Community Credit Union.
  • Live entertainment, including Canada’s pop/rock singer-songwriter, Shiloh at 8:45 p.m.
  • Interactive activities
  • Free shuttle service
  • Fireworks display

    For further details on this year’s Canada Day celebrations, visit the City of Oshawa website.


    Place: Kinsmen Park
    Near the foot of Sandy Beach Road, Pickering
    Time: 12 pm. to 11 p.m.

  • Free family activities
  • Live entertainment, including headliner Kim Mitchell at 7 p.m.
  • Pyromusical fireworks display at dusk
  • Free transit from GO Train and OPG

    Place: Pickering Recreation Complex
    1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering
    Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Free active family area featuring family fit games, dodge ball and freeze tag
  • Canada Day crafts and games
  • Entertainment for children
  • Temporary tattoos and face painting
  • Carnival games

    Visit the CIty of Pickering website for more information.


    Place: Palmer Park
    175 Water Street, Port Perry
    Time: 11:30 a.m.

  • BBQ provided by the Durham East 4-H Beef Club
  • Support the Troops Parade at 11:30 a.m., beginning at Port Perry High School
  • Sign a banner to be sent to Canadian troops in Afghanistan
  • Various youth performances
  • Presentation of the Port Perry Star’s Citizen of the Year Award
  • Fish TV Sports celebrity weigh-in at 3 p.m.
  • Fireworks display at 10 p.m.

    Visit the Township of Scugog website for more information.


    Place: Pringle Creek Park
    90 Ribblesdale Drive, Whitby
    Time: 7 p.m. with fireworks at dusk

  • Panago Pizza available
  • DJ entertainment
  • Youth fiddle champions
  • Whitby Idols

    Call (905) 666-1991 ext. 6440 or visit the Town of Whitby website for more information.

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    Cutting the Canada Day Birthday Cake in Port Perry (JPG file, 61.4K bytes)
    Chief, Supt. Ennis Salute Parade (JPG file, 104.2K bytes)