If you are looking for a place to spend New Brunswick Day, celebrations in Fredericton will have you covered.
The province says a full day of entertainment and family fun will take place on Aug. 1 across the city.
“New Brunswick Day is an ideal time to celebrate why there is no better place to be than here, in our province,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace.
“You are invited to attend and enjoy the fun-filled day at the New Brunswick legislature. It is a perfect way to make summer memories.”
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s events:
Celebrations take place from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The lawns of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Provincial Legislature will be decorated in New Brunswick flags and banners.
Booths on the Legislature lawn will give away Explore NB cookies, refillable water bottles, flags and tattoos. There are also children’s activities at the Beaverbrook from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Those activities include:
- Workshops at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
- Jump rope
- Sidewalk chalk
- Hula hoops
- Bounce rides
- Bounce slides
- Snow cones
- Cotton candy
- Face Painting
- Balloon Artists
The Beaverbrook will also offer free admission from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Stella Circus will be on site with stilt walkers and roaming artists, who will juggle and interact with children.
Emancipation Day celebrations also happen on Aug.1, marking the end of slavery in Britain and its colonies in 1834.
Speeches will be held at City Hall at 12 p.m. before a memorial walk on the walking trail to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with activities from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All of the following activities are free.
- Music with a DJ
- Photo booth
Food trucks and the NB Mobile Unit will act as an information and first aid stand from 12 p.m. until 7 pm. There will also be a selfie booth.
Free hotdogs are also being given away.
Celebrations will also feature multicultural performances by New Brunswick artists and musicians, such as:
- Ktopatapasipon (“bringing the people together”) with Elder Hubert Francis
- Matt Comeau
- NB Black Artists Alliance – spoken word by Chevelle Malcolm
- Jessica Raye Trio
- La Patente
- Pretty In Pink
- David Myles
New Brunswick Day celebrations wrap up with a fireworks display around 9:45 p.m. over the Westmorland Street Bridge.