Celebrating Canada Day Halifax: Your Ultimate Guide the Top 11 Things to Do

As Canada prepares to celebrate its 157th birthday, Halifax gears up for an unforgettable Canada Day weekend filled with festivities that showcase the city's vibrant spirit and rich cultural heritage. Here's your guide to the top things to do in Halifax from June 28th to July 1st.

1. Canada Day Family Fireworks Cruise on Tall Ship Silva

Celebrate Canada Day with the whole family aboard the Tall Ship Silva. Enjoy complimentary cake as you cruise through Halifax Harbour, finding the perfect spot to view the fireworks from the water. With historic charm and breathtaking views, this 1-hour cruise promises a magical experience for all ages.

Tour Includes:

  • Complimentary slice of cake
  • Harbour Cruise
  • Fireworks display

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2. Canada Day Fireworks Party Cruise on Harbour Queen

Step aboard the Harbour Queen for an unforgettable Canada Day celebration under the stars. Dance to the beats of a live DJ, sip on cold drinks from the full-service bar, and enjoy a front-row seat to the stunning fireworks display over Halifax Harbour. Perfect for a special occasion or a lively night out with friends.

Tour Includes:

  • 2-hour cruise
  • DJ Entertainment
  • Spectacular fireworks display


  • Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Age Requirement: Must be 19+ with valid ID

Don't miss out! Book your tickets now for the Fireworks Party Cruise on Harbour Queen and prepare for an evening of music, drinks, and fireworks magic.

3. Canada Day at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: 5425 Sackville St, Halifax

Kick off your Canada Day with FREE admission to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Explore the new indoor exhibit, "Fortress Halifax: A City Shaped by Conflict," and catch mini pipe and drum concerts by the 78th Highlanders. Don't miss the iconic noon gun and a special 21-gun salute, plus enjoy Canada Day cake starting at 11 am!

3. Free Parks Canada Admission to Georges Island

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: 1751 Lower Water St

Experience Georges Island with free admission from Parks Canada!  

Just remember, you'll only need to purchase a discounted ferry ticket to get there, which makes this historic adventure even better. Explore the island's rich history and breathtaking views!

4. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21  

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Location: 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax

Join in the Celebration of Canada Day with free admission all day at Pier 21. Highlights include a Citizenship Ceremony, participatory art activities, live performances from noon to 3:30 pm, and chalk art outside the building from 10 am to 3 pm.

5. Royal NS International Tattoo - Canada Day Parade  

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 10:00 AM

Route: Downtown Halifax

Get ready to be dazzled by the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Canada Day Parade. This colorful parade winds through downtown Halifax, featuring over 25 groups and floats from around the world. It's a must-see for families and visitors alike!

6. Harbourside Ribfest Date & Time  

Date & Time: June 28th - July 1st, 2024 (Times Vary)

Location: Alderney Landing

Indulge in mouthwatering ribs from five world-renowned ribbers, enjoy live entertainment, and soak in the festive atmosphere at Harbourside Ribfest. Admission is only $2, supporting local and international causes through Rotary Halifax Harbour.

7. Supernova Market  

Date & Time: June 29, 2024, 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Location: Foundation Wharf, Lower Water St, Halifax

Shop local at the 5th Annual Supernova Market on the waterfront, featuring vendors from across Atlantic Canada and live music on the container stage. It's a perfect opportunity to discover unique crafts, delicious treats, and lively entertainment.

8. Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Bands Performances  

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Halifax Waterfront, 1655 Lower Water Street

After the parade, head to the Halifax Waterfront for performances by international bands participating in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Enjoy music that ranges from traditional to contemporary, celebrating Canada's diversity.

9. Mawio’mi on the Halifax Waterfront  

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Location: Foundation Wharf, 1655 Lower Water Street, Halifax

Experience KANA’TA Canada Day with a traditional welcome and blessing, Mi’kmaq-inspired music by Joe Henry, and energetic drumming and dancing demonstrations by indigenous performers. This cultural celebration is a highlight of Halifax's Canada Day festivities.

10. 8th Annual Canada Day Drumming Celebration  

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Dartmouth Sunshine Series Stage, 88 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth

Join the Canada Day Drumming Celebration at Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park, featuring multicultural performances, live bands, and the annual national drumming session at 3 pm. It's a fantastic way to join in a nationwide celebration of rhythm and unity.

11. HFX Wanderers FC vs. Cavalry FC  

Date & Time: July 1, 2024, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Wanderers Grounds, Halifax

Wrap up your Canada Day weekend with an exciting soccer match as HFX Wanderers FC take on Cavalry FC. Join fellow sports enthusiasts for an action-packed game and cheer on your favorite team under the summer sky.

Halifax offers an array of exciting events and activities to celebrate Canada Day weekend. Whether you're exploring historic sites, enjoying cultural performances, indulging in delicious food, or cheering at a soccer match, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this lively maritime city. Don't miss out on the festivities and create unforgettable memories with family and friends this Canada Day in Halifax!

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