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  • Newmarket celebrates Canada Day virtually, alongside the nation 

    Created: Friday, June 26, 2020

    Newmarket celebrates Canada Day virtually, alongside the nation 

    While families, classes, teams and communities across Canada find new ways to mark milestones, the Town of Newmarket has created and curated opportunities for residents to rally together to celebrate Canada Day – or Kanata Day as the locals call it.
    “2020 has been a year to show us what we’re made of,” reflects Newmarket Mayor John Taylor. “At the core, being Canadian is about care, compassion, community and resiliency and while we may be celebrating Canada Day differently, I’ve never been more proud to say I’m Canadian and more importantly, proud of our Newmarket community for demonstrating our core Canadian values in the most challenging of times. This Canada Day, let’s continue to rise up, to stand apart together and take a moment to pause, reflect and celebrate our great community and nation.”
    Even though residents can’t gather for the usual Kanata Day Festival, they can still show their Canadian spirit from home.
    How to celebrate Canada Day 2020 in Newmarket
    Raise the flag
    The Town has distributed Canadian flag window posters in the Era on Thursday, June 25. Grab yours and hang it proudly in a front window facing the street. Residents can also download and print a poster at
    Snap a photo of your window poster, festive decorations or unique ways your celebrating Canada Day on social media using #NewmarketEH and tag @TownOfNewmarket to show off your Canadian pride!
    O Canada, Newmarket
    Stay tuned for the launch of a special commemorative video to celebrate Canada Day 2020 here in Newmarket. The video will be released on the Town of Newmarket’s Youtube channel @TownOfNewmarket on Wednesday, July 1. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canadian national anthem, the video will include a mash-up of submissions from residents singing O Canada.
    National Canada Day Virtual Event
    This year, all of Canada is celebrating virtually across the country. The Town of Newmarket is one of over 70 municipalities participating in the national Canada Day virtual experience, hosted by Canadian Heritage.

    Residents are encouraged to check out some of the national programming both on and leading up to Canada Day, including: 
    • Starting on Monday, June 29, watch online - explore different facets of Canada with renowned Canadian personalities such as Chef Ricardo, former football player Étienne Boulay and travel vlogger Gunnarolla.
    • Tune in to the two national broadcasts happening on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 
    • Click here to check out what other virtual events are taking place across the country. 
    • Celebration Kits - Activity Packs 
    • Enjoy fireworks virtually with all of Canada. At 10 p.m. local time, point your smart phone or tablet to the night sky and a 3-minute show displaying 3D fireworks will begin.
    Embrace your home sweet home
    The Town of Newmarket’s virtual recreation and culture hub – Home Sweet Home – will feature inspiration, recipes, and activities to enhance your at home Canada Day celebrations. Check it out on Monday, June 29 at
    The Town of Newmarket’s Canada Day 2020 initiatives have been made possible by Tim Hortons and the Government of Canada.  Visit for full details.