On July 1, 1867, the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick united to become a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act—formerly known as the British North America Act. The Constitution Act granted Canada a significant amount of independence from England, but it wasn’t until 1982 when Canada became fully independent and Canada Day became an official holiday.

Canada Day took several decades to catch on as an official holiday, as many early Canadians identified themselves as British. It wasn’t until 1967—Canada’s 100th anniversary—when the first country-wide celebration took place. From then, Canada Day has been celebrated amongst Canadians across the country.

Mississauga will be hosting three major Canada Day events this July 1: Paint the Town Red (Port Credit), Canada Day Celebration at Celebration Square (downtown Mississauga) and the Streetsville Canada Day Celebrations.

Here are the event schedules for each of the spectacular venues, and details you need to know about when you’re out roaming the City!

Paint the Town Red:

The Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade, begins at 11:00 a.m.
The parade will start at Stavebank Rd. and travel east on Lakeshore Rd. to Wenonah Dr. where the day-long celebration continues with live entertainment and the cutting of one of Canada’s largest cakes. Free cake for all! The parade will also feature the Honourable Mayor Hazel McCallion, and past Grand Marshalls will also join the festivities to commemorate the last Canada Day parade of our beloved Mayor.

Main Stage at Memorial Park, noon-10:30 p.m.
Virgin Scott as emcee

Port Credit Legion, begins at noon

Port Street Market (Near Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar), begins at noon

Kids Stage at Memorial Park, begins at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a puppet show, storytelling, Spontaneous Children’s Talent Show, Alice Goes to the Circus, Dunsire Lego contest, cupcake decorating, face painting, balloon sculptures and a caricaturist.

Port Credit Village Marina Entertainment, 1:00-8:30 p.m.

Lowe’s School of Music Rocks the Lot at Fram, begins at 1:00 p.m.
141 Lakeshore Rd. E.

T-Rox Music Academy Under the Lighthouse, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Yellow Ribbon Classic Car Show n’ Shine, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Port Credit Memorial Arena
40 Stavebank Rd. N.

Carol McCartney at the Port Credit Residences, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
33 Hurontario St.
Reservations necessary, 905-274-6864

Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m.

Canada Day Celebration at Celebration Square

Global TV’s Leslie Roberts and Liza Fromer will kick off the event at 4:00 p.m. with an official ceremony followed by live music, entertainment performances, gourmet food trucks and activities for all ages to enjoy.

Performances include:

Main Stage

City Centre Dr.

Amphitheatre—Viva Pan Am Pavilion, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Great Hall

  • Off the Wall Performance by Frog in Hand Productions, 4:30 p.m.
  • Face painting 4:00-7:00 p.m.

The Living Arts Centre will also join in on the festivities (noon-4:00 p.m.) offering a variety of crafts and musical performances. Catch local artists work with their mediums and partake in demos.

Canada Day Celebrations in Streetsville

Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m., fireworks at 10:00 p.m.

This free community event will feature children’s games and crafts, face painting, contests and prizes, free giveaways, a Rotary barbecue, Lion’s Club birthday cakes, live entertainment and much more!

What’s better than food? How about free food! 
Mandarin will also be offering free entry to everyone who shows a valid Canadian birth certificate, passport or citizenship card. July 1 will also mark the restaurant chain’s 35th anniversary.