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Canada Day Event Returns Without Fireworks

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In consideration of last year’s excessive heat and dry climate, the City is announcing that fireworks will not be a part of the 2022 Canada Day event. This decision was made proactively based on past years’ conditions and the risk of fireworks contributing to an interface fire within City limits or on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc lands.

“Our landscape in Kamloops is very susceptible to drying out quickly. As the temperature rises in the coming months, so will the fire danger rating," said Deputy Fire Chief, Ryan Cail. “With weather becoming more extreme and less predictable, we have a responsibility to protect life, property, and the environment.”

“We know the Canada Day fireworks are a long-standing tradition in Kamloops and this announcement may be disappointing,” said Sean Smith, the City’s Business Operations & Events Supervisor. “Our hope is that residents understand that the decision has been made to keep our community safe.”

Despite the lack of fireworks, the City is excited to welcome residents back to Riverside Park on July 1 for the return of the full-day gathering, which will begin with a pancake breakfast followed by Art in the Park, culture displays and presentations, and community festivities and food. The event will conclude with the season opener for Music in the Park, which will also return for the 2022 season.