For Immediate Release / June 18, 2021

Canada Day Fireworks in St. Albert Not Moving Ahead

Out of respect for survivors of the residential school system, Canada Day fireworks will not occur this year in St. Albert.

On June 18, 2021, the City of St. Albert announced that we will not be proceeding with the annual Canada Day fireworks display on July 1. This decision 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.

Traditionally, the annual celebratory event has taken place on Mission Hill, the site of the former Youville Residential School. The City has determined that continuing to hold fireworks at this location is not appropriate and will be looking into alternative locations for fireworks for future years. This decision aligns with the City’s continued desire to work towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

“The City of St. Albert encourages residents to spend this Canada Day considering both the opportunities and freedoms afforded to many within our country as well as the tragic history that our nation’s story has been built upon,” says Mayor Cathy Heron. “With this in mind, we can reflect on our past while holding onto hope for an even better future for everyone.”

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

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