MEDIA RELEASE: PORT HOPE CELEBRATES CANADA 150 WITH FULL WEEKEND OF EVENTS

print-logo June 21, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Hope, ON – Tuesday, June 21, 2017

The Municipality of Port Hope is gearing up for their annual Canada Day celebrations with a full weekend of events planned by the Port Hope Kinsmen, who received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage for this year’s jam-packed lineup of festivities, taking place June 30 to July 2.

“Once again the Port Hope Kinsmen has organized a terrific weekend of celebrations,” noted Mayor Bob Sanderson. “Our Canada 150 activities include a nice blend of cultural heritage and festive fun, with something for everyone. This year we are also including a special citizenship reaffirmation ceremony, where all participants will come together to recite the Great Canadian Oath – a highlight I encourage all to attend.”

Port Hope Canada 150 celebrations commence on Friday, June 30, and continue throughout the weekend, capping off the festivities with a demolition derby, supported by the Port Hope Agricultural Society.

Highlights of the 2017 Port Hope Canada Day celebrations include:

Friday, June 30 - Dusk
• Outdoor movie (A Dog’s Purpose) in Memorial Park, sponsored by Lauria Hyundai

Saturday, July 1

• 9:00 a.m. - Antique and custom car show in Rotary Park

• 9:30 a.m. - Free yoga session, hosted by Spraoi Yoga in Memorial Park

• 11:00 a.m. - Annual Canada Day parade down Walton Street (commencing at Bramley and Ridout Streets)

• 12:00 p.m. - Immediately after the parade everyone is invited to Memorial Park for the welcome ceremony and a cake cutting, followed by live music and the opening of the refreshment garden. There will be bouncy castles, face painting, and family activities in the park until 5:00 p.m.

• During the welcome ceremony, Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson will lead the audience in a reaffirmation ceremony. A reaffirmation ceremony is a formal event where participants repeat the oath of citizenship to express their commitment to Canada. All Canadians at the event will be encouraged to participate

• Approximately 10:15 p.m. – A spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky at dusk at the East Beach waterfront

Sunday, July 2
• 2:00 p.m. – Demolition Derby at the Town Park Recreation Centre. Gates open at 12 p.m., the cost is $7 per person (children under 12 are free) and the event is hosted by the Port Hope & District Agricultural Society

“The Canadian Heritage grant funding has allowed us to make the Canada 150 celebrations accessible to all,” explained event co-chair and Port Hope councillor Jeff Lees. “It has allowed us to ensure that all members of the community can come together celebrate our great country.”

The Municipality of Port Hope extends its gratitude to the Kinsmen for their key role in the planning and facilitation of the Canada Day celebrations as well as the various partners and sponsors who have generously supported the event.

For more details about the weekend of events, please visit the Port Hope Kinsmen Facebook page

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
Municipality of Port Hope
905-885-4544 x2248
kingram@porthope.ca