Canada’s birthday bash this year might not have the same prominence as did last year’s milestone 150th, but Canadians will likely still celebrate with the same enthusiasm when July 1 rolls around.
That goes for Lethbridge, too, where the usual full lineup of fun, entertainment and, yes, fireworks, will mark the special occasion.
Henderson Park will be the centre of much of the activity throughout the day on July 1, starting with a performance by the Lethbridge Community Band from 11 a.m. to noon. That starts a full lineup of musical and cultural entertainment that will include Beyond Crimson, Corazon Salvadano, Uncovered, Belly Dance Fusion, Paul Elser, Beautiful Royal Birthdays, Cody Hall Band, Ecadorian Social Club, Metis Red River Jigging, The Statistics, Mi Colombia Dance, Eric Braun, Highland Dance, Hurtin’, Canadian Martial Arts Centre, Adequate, Gymfinity Gymnastics & Aerials and Dory and the Weathermen.
Opening ceremonies will provide a pause in the entertainment, from 4-4:30 p.m., and the fireworks display, by SkyArt, will cap the day’s events at approximately 11 p.m.
Besides the entertainment, more than two dozen food vendors will ensure plenty of variety for those attending the big birthday party to munch on. KidZone will provide fun for the younger set, including an Air Jump, and other attractions at Henderson Park that day will include the Monster Mural, Lethbridge Cultural Row and Active Living Lethbridge.
Henderson Park will also be the setting for Running in a Red Dress 2018, a five-kilometre charity run/walk around Henderson Lake. Entry is a food donation that will go toward Interfaith Food Bank. The walk/run starts at 10 a.m. at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, and dresswear attire is encouraged.
Over at Galt Gardens, the Interfaith Food Bank Pancake Breakfast and LeBarons Car Club Show ‘n Shine will take place. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon (cost is $3 for adults and $2 for kids), and the show ‘n shine will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Day-of vehicle registrations can be made for $10, with all proceeds going to Interfaith Food Bank.
In the Henderson Lake area, SLP Skate Park (corner of Mayor Magrath Drive South and South Parkside Drive) will be the scene of a Skate Jam for all ages and abilities. There’s no entry fee, and prizes will be awarded.
The bike competition takes place from noon-2 p.m., with a scooter competition running from 2-3 p.m. The skate competition goes from 3-5 p.m.
In the evening, the annual July 1 baseball game takes place at Spitz Stadium, with the Weyburn Beavers taking on the host Lethbridge Bulls at 7:35 p.m.
Henderson Park Entertainment Schedule
Jim Pattison Broadcasting Main Stage
11:00 am-12:00 pm Lethbridge Community Band
12:00 pm-12:40 pm Beyond Crimson
12:40 pm-1:00 pm Corazon Salvadano
1:00 pm-1:40 pm Uncovered
1:40 pm-2:00 pm Belly Dance Fusion
2:00 pm-2:30 pm Paul Elser
2:30 pm-3:00 pm Beautiful Royal Birthdays
3:00 pm-3:40 pm Cody Hall Band
3:40 pm-4:00 pm Ecuadorian Social Club
4:00 pm-4:30 pm Opening Ceremonies
4:30 pm-4:50 pm Metis Red River Jigging
4:50 pm-5:40 pm The Statistics
5:40 pm-6:00 pm Mi Colombia Dance
6:00 pm-6:50 pm Eric Braun
6:50 pm-7:10 pm Highland Dance
7:10 pm-8:00 pm Hurtin’
8:00 pm-8:30 pm Canadian Martial Arts Centre
8:30 pm-9:30 pm Adequate
9:30 pm-10:00 pm Gymfinity Gymnastics & Aerials
10:00 pm-11:00 pm Dory & The Weathermen
approx. 11 p.m. – SkyArt fireworks show