by Tyler Major-Mcnicol
Canada Day is just around the corner, and residents of the City of Clarence-Rockland can celebrate locally at the Clarence-Rockland Festival and Canada Day Celebration, from June 30 to July 3 at Parc Simon in Rockland.
The event runs officially from Thursday, June 30, to Sunday, July 3 at Parc Simon, 1450 Du Parc Ave, but some activities will happen on Wednesday, June 20.
Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30
Wednesday and Thursday will feature Free Movie Night Under the Stars, beginning at 9 p.m. at Parc Simon. Wednesday is French film night, featuring Disney’s Croisière dans la jungle. On Thursday the same movie Disney’s Jungle Cruise will be shown in English, also beginning at 9 p.m.
Friday, July 1
Canada Day festivities run all day, beginning at 9 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast that will run until noon. A car show is scheduled at the park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities for kids will run all day. Evening music will feature Latreille & Rock Junkies at 7 p.m.
The Canada Day fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m. The fireworks will launch from the corner of Montée Pupart and St-Jean Street and residents can watch the show live at Parc Alain-Potvin, 1245 boulevard Docteur Corbeil. Parking is available at Carrefour Jeunesse, Rockland Public School and Rockland District High School
Saturday, July 2
Family-friendly events are scheduled for the duration of the day on Sunday, including a skateboarding demonstration and tips by Top of the World and Birling Skateshop skate teams at the Joël Gauthier Skatepark from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Party in the Park will begin at 2 p.m., with a tribute to hits from the 70’s to today, featuring the Alter Ego Showband, with Martine Parisien and the MP Band opening the show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
Sunday, July 3
The final day of the festival will wrap up at 7 p.m. on Sunday, but there will be plenty of action during the day, including the Fire Combat Challenge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A French stand-up comedy show featuring Martin Vachon, with Jacob Ospian and guests, will start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
The full program for the Clarence-Rockland Festival can be found here.