When Canada Day celebrations wind down in Simcoe Park, the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada ramp up festivities that will have been ongoing during the day.
Once the annual cake parade has reached the park, led by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, and the cake is sliced and served to the public, free of charge, the focus shifts to the fort.
Fort George National Historic Site is open Canada Day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with no admission charge. Throughout the day, visitors can tour the buildings, visit with costumed interpreters, and enjoy a musket demonstration.
There will be cold drinks and treats available from 2 to 4 p.m. inside the fort. Food trucks will be on site starting at 4 p.m. Evening entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. with the kiddie militia and drill, followed by a presentation by the Fort George Infantry, and Fife and Drum Corps.
Funds raised by the sale of food by the Friends of Fort George will help to support summer student employment opportunities at Fort George and Brock’s Monument.
On stage will be The Howling Horns, an eight-piece horn band featuring music from blues to dance to classic rock.
At 10 p.m., a spectacular fireworks display will once again close the evening, by the award-winning fireworks company, Garden City Fireworks.
The events are all free for the public, funded by generous donations and support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Parks Canada, local businesses and individual supporters.
For more information on the Canada Day festivities in Niagara-on-the-Lake, visit the Friends of Fort George Canada Day event page at http://www.friendsoffort