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Link Roundup: Canada Day edition!

It’s Friday once again, and we are down to the very last week of June! And you know what that means. School is nearly out for summer, vacation and holiday plans are being finalized, weather apps are being carefully studied…and Canada turns another year older!


Unlike people of a certain age who might like to hide from their birthdays or maybe shave off a couple of years for vanity’s sake, countries like to really flaunt how old they are. Our country will officially be 149 next Friday, and while that’s not old in comparison to a lot of places in the world, it’s still a pretty great age for a pretty great place to live.


So in the spirit of Canada Day, please enjoy this link roundup of fun, games, information, style, and true patriot love for the upcoming holiday weekend!


Canada Day, Greater #HamOnt Style

First up: fireworks. You know that’s the highlight of every July 1st, whether you do your own at home (if you do, please be careful and follow these guidelines to stay safe!) or you head out with lawn chairs to the big shows. And where are the big shows? Here are a few links to help you plan your evening:


City of Hamilton Canada Day Celebrations

Information about fireworks and other events going on throughout the day at Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park.


The City of Burlington

Events all day at Spencer Smith Park, and fireworks to round out the night!


These are the two biggies for this year, but The Spectator always has a good list of other locations offering fireworks and more Canada Day festivities, so watch for that too.


Know of some other locations doing a big fireworks presentation? Let us know in the comments – we hate to miss anyone!


Breakfast of Champions

You gotta eat, right? Start your holiday Friday with the Rotary Club of Dundas Pancake Breakfast! 8am-12pm in the driving park! The Spectator has more details here. And pssst…in case you’re not into pancakes, but you’re really into ACTUAL cake, we have it on good authority that our friend Susan Preston of Village Bakery is once again providing a giant Canada Day cake for the day! Pretty much the best cake around, so run don’t walk!


Canada Day DIY

Maybe you like the idea of being out and about on our nation’s birthday, or maybe you’d rather stay home and celebrate by doing your own thing. Nothing wrong with that! Check out these links with some killer party ideas.


Canadian Living has some great recipes and other fun things to help you celebrate.


Take a look at Style at Home and their guide to Canada day party essentials.


Food Network Canada has you covered with delicious recipe ideas and their guide to throwing a Canada Day party for under $50!


And of course, we couldn’t forget our favourite store! The LCBO and their great Oh Canada list of regional favourites will help you plan your party too! (but only if you’re 19+, of course)


Canadian Style

Want to rep the nation, but not really into t-shirts with giant flags, or ones that say “Canada, Eh?” We don’t blame you! Here are a couple of guides to getting your red and white on, while also maintaining your style.


Ideas from HuffPost Style Canada are red, white and cute!


The Kit talks Canadian designers, which might not be within all our budgets, but it’s nice to see some representation. (and you can always copy the look)


What could be more Canadian than…

And, of course, if you do want to stand out on July 1st, Hudson’s Bay has all the Canadian Olympic Team gear you could possibly want!


We hope we’ve got you thinking! There’s still a week until Canada Day, but it’s never too early to start making plans!


And remember, Willow will be open next Friday July 1st, but closed Saturday July 2nd so we can enjoy a long weekend too.


Enjoy this weekend, everyone – looks like it’s going to be a beauty! See you Tuesday!


This article was posted in #HamOnt, Events, Seasonal, Style, Willow Life.
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