July 2, 2014

3 Things to do In Abbotsford on Canada Day.

The first day of summer should officially be changed to July 1. Canada Day seems to always bring with it a scorching sun who blows his hot breath down your neck in place of the refreshing breeze that comes with the nearly incessant pitter patter of rain that is prevalent here all of the other 364 days of the year. 

This year was no different. Tuesday was a scorching 33ºC (91ºF).

After six months apart, Vinny has come for another visit, this time to enjoy the summer BC has to offer. Yesterday was his first Canada Day celebration so we headed out to the annual Canada Day parade, which begins in downtown Abbotsford at 11:00am. Then we came home for lunch and stuffed ourselves as the only vegetarians at the neighborhood barbecue (yes, we were those people, although in our defense our hosts were fully aware of this fact before the invitation was extended), followed by a walk around the track at the Abbotsford Exhibition Centre where food trucks gathered and the band was warming up for the night's performance. There are hayrides for the kids, face painting, live performances and plenty of food. At night we huddled together with hundreds of others to watch the fireworks, which began promptly at 10:00pm, shooting up from the Exhibition Centre grounds and lighting up the sky in celebration of Canada's 147th birthday.

The parades here in this "city in the country" have several tractors (photos for you, grandpa!) enthusiastic dancers, gymnasts, firefighters in the parade or mingled in with the crowd, very patriotic floats, participants handing out Canada or Abbotsford themed treats, and audience members who readily accept said treats.

How was your Canada Day? 
How do you plan celebrating the 4th of July?

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