For Immediate Release / June 19, 2021

Canada Day Fireworks In St. Albert Clarification

City is exploring other locations for fireworks later this year

The City of St. Albert would like to clarify its June 18, 2021 announcement that Canada Day fireworks would not take place on July 1. At no time was the City asked to cancel or reschedule the fireworks or other Canada Day activities. The City scaled back the number of activities due to the uncertainty of provincial public health measures and the need to plan these activities well in advance. The City cancelled the fireworks due to the location.

The City did explore other locations to hold the fireworks on July 1 this year but due to the size and scope of the event, technical and safety considerations, and the short time frame, was not able to find a suitable alternative in time for Canada Day this year. The City’s fireworks display is a complex pyrotechnic event that requires certain criteria be met in order to hold them effectively and safety. The City did not have time to find a different location and make the necessary preparations over the next two weeks.

The City is continuing to look for a location to hold fireworks later this summer or in the fall. 

As noted in the June 18 announcement, the decision not to hold the July 1 fireworks at Mission Hill was made to demonstrate empathy and respect for members of the community who have experienced, and who continue to experience, the devastating effects of intergenerational trauma because of the residential school system in Canada.

Mission Hill is the site of the former Youville Residential School in St. Albert. It is likely the site contains unmarked graves of former students and the City has determined that continuing to hold fireworks at this location is not appropriate. This decision aligns with the City’s continued desire to work towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

A scaled back version of other Canada Day activities has been scheduled and further details about those activities will be available on the City of St. Albert’s website by June 21 at www.stalbert.ca/canadaday

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Last edited: June 19, 2021