Pack a lunch and make it a day on Monday.
The Canada Day Celebration at The Landing will roll out with a special transportation theme.
“We’re encouraging everyone to come out for the day and enjoy an excellent family oriented party,” said Rod Hudson, executive director of Chilliwack Community Arts Council.
Once again the July 1 event at The Landing, starts with a pancake breakfast at Evergreen Hall at 8 a.m.
Breakfast runs until 11 a.m. with Sardis Kiwanis flipping the Canada Day pancakes, served by RCMP in red serge to guests who will be serenaded by the Chilliwack Community Band. Proceeds are going to go to the Special Olympics.
Carnival rides are always a big draw, while the rest of the grounds will be chock-a-block with kiosks staffed by local clubs, non-profits and associations. Community booths will open at 10 a.m. and the main stage entertainers start then too. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the food vendors on-site.
It’s the second year in a row the event is staged at the old Ag-Rec site. When the Progress conducted an online poll last year about the move, readers voted 2:1 to say they preferred it at The Landing, rather than Heritage Park, said Hudson.
Every year the organizers devise a new theme for the event.
“Transit and busing has been an issue in Chilliwack and on the minds of people, so we thought transportation would be a good theme.”
Look for a Search and Rescue vehicle, school bus, and bucket truck, along with vehicles from Chilliwack Tax and Mertin Hyundai. Some classic cars will be parked nearby, heavy equipment from the military and even the Zamboni used to condition the ice for the Chilliwack Chiefs.
There will be a chance to ride the Rotary train, free skating and Zamboni rides at the Prospera Centre, free swimming at the Leisure Centre. For bike enthusiasts, head over to the Takeover 2 event run by The Truth at Prospera Skate Park, noon to 4 p.m. with a barbecue, music and prizes.
For anyone curious about the game of tennis, they can hit a few balls. Or maybe pickle ball, lacrosse and roller derby are more appealing, and demos are planned for those activities.
The entertainment stage is shifting to a spot behind the curling club, since the grandstand area will be closed while the installation of the new artificial turf is underway.
The Youth Rocks lineup of acts by Tractorgrease Studios runs on stage from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then the main stage show runs 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The ever popular fireworks display starts after 10 p.m. from Townsend Park.
The entire event is brought to the community by Chilliwack Community Arts Council, Envision Financial, 98.5 The Hawk and City of Chilliwack.
Here’s a detailed schedule on the arts council site.