The Village of Merrickville will be celebrating Canada Day on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Make sure you plan to come early and spend the day!
The day begins with an Ecumenical Church Service at the Collar Hill Cemetery at 10:00am. This is in recognition of the founding of Merrickville by William Merrick 225 years ago.
Cheer on the participants of the Canada Day Parade, which begins at 11:30am. Our Parade is led by our own Legion members, followed by the Kemptville Pipe and Drum Band, Swords and Ploughshares, as well as many other local floats and participants. Last, but not least, are the Shriners who bring laughter and funny antics wherever they go!
The parade winds up at noon in Blockhouse Park, where the official Canada Day Ceremonies will be held. Immediately following at 1:00pm, there will be live music, entertainment and children’s activities until 5:30. Take in a free chicken lunch at the Legion or stop by the Lions’ tent in Blockhouse Park for a free BBQ.
New this year, the local Makers’ Market will be set up in the vacant lot beside Mainstreet Restaurant between 1 and 5:30pm. Stop by and shop for fresh foodstuffs and crafts of all kinds.
In recognition of Merrickville’s 225 Anniversary, the Merrickville and District Historical Society has sponsored two performances of Fiddlehead Soup at the Legion starting at 2:00pm. This is a local Celtic Band sure to get your toes tapping.
The Sons of Martha Performance begins at 8:30pm in the Fairgrounds. Be sure to bring along a lawn chair to enjoy this outdoor rock-infused multi-genre set, with songs inspired by the occasion of Canada Day! The Sons will be performing a version of their rock opera, “the Voyage of the Intergalactic Merchant Marine” and will include plenty of local historical tid-bits and original songs about local history. Come on out to clap, sing and dance along!
And what would a Canada Day be without the traditional fireworks display, which begins in the Fairgrounds at 10pm.
For more information about Merrickville’s Canada Day, go to: www.merrickville-wolford.ca. Hope to see you there! (Note timing and events may vary)