Québec’s big holiday, Fête nationale, also known as St-Jean-Baptiste is on June 24 and communities in Argenteuil are preparing big celebrations again after two years of online events, or none at all. 

The theme across Québec this year for Fête nationale is “notre langue aux mille accents,” or our language of a thousand accents, a reference to the variation of French accents and cultural influences across in Québec.  

Lachute celebrates at fairgrounds

In Lachute, the free Fête nationale celebration is being held on Thursday, June 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds with games and artistic workshops for all ages until 8 p.m. 

On stage at 7 p.m., Ray Marcianno will perform. Marciano appeared on television under the name Rémi Basque during the second season of La Voix, the Québec version of The Voice. 

After an address by Lachute Mayor Bernard Bigras-Denis at 7:45 p.m., the main show starts at 8 p.m., with Les Ti-Gars, a popular band from Lachute that will play all of the favourites associated with Fête nationale.  

The sky over Lachute will light up with fireworks at 10:30 p.m. to wrap up the celebration. 

“Tire-toi une buche!”, or pull yourself up a log is the slogan for Lachute’s Fête nationale celebration. The slogan is a longtime expression for inviting visitors to pull up a seat and enjoy themselves dating back to the days when there were sometimes more pieces of log to sit on around than actual chairs.  

Food and drink service at the Lachute Fête nationale celebration will be provided by the Argenteuil minor baseball association as a fundraiser for youth baseball.   

A free shuttle service to and from the fairgrounds will operate from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 23 for easier, safer, and more environmentally friendly access to and from the Fête nationale celebration in Lachute. The shuttle will make stops every 30 minutes across town. Two stops – one at the Villa Mont-Joie and one at the Médaillon d’Or – will be part of the circuit to facilitate the access for seniors to the festivities. The list of stops will be available at lachute.ca/fetenationale and on the Facebook page.   

To celebrate Fête Nationale, the Ville de Lachute is encouraging residents to decorate the outside of their homes with blue and white and with Québec flags. 

Brownsburg-Chatham Municipal Campground

The Brownsburg-Chatham Fête nationale celebration takes place on Friday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Brownsburg-Chatham Municipal Campground located at 457, route des Outaouais (Route 344).  

From 10 a.m., access to the site will be free until the end of the evening, with beach access until 5 p.m. There will be beach volleyball, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., activities and crafts for young people, and face painting. That evening at 7 p.m., there will be a tribute to the flag and speech by Mayor Kévin Maurice.

At 8 p.m., “Tassez-vous de d’là” a seven-member tribute band to 1990’s Québec group Les Colocs will perform. A 10-minute fireworks display and then a bonfire will close out the event.   

The trading post and Brasserie Sir John Brewing Company will also be there to offer food and beverages. There is a cost for food and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a folding chair and a reusable water bottle; water fountains are available on the site. Glass bottles are prohibited. Attendees are encouraged to carpool or travel by bicycle to the celebration.   

Grenville festivities in centre of village

Fête nationale festivities are being planned for the centre of the village of Grenville on June 24 around the area of the community centre and Parc Normand-Woodbury.