Monday 3 August, 2020

Canadians celebrate a unique 153rd Canada Day in Cayman

July 1 is the 182nd day of the year, the last day of the first half of the year and most importantly-- it is Canada day, the national day of Canada. Canadians are the 3rd largest component of the expat workforce in Cayman so we are sure that there will be a lot of partying today at the close of work.... or perhaps before!

This year, Canada day celebrates the 153rd anniversary of the Constitution Act, 1867 which united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982.

Canada Day celebrations are taking place in various locations around the world, albeit slightly differently this year.

In Canada, there will be no live fireworks, no star-studded concert on Parliament Hill, and no crowds of tourists: for the first time in history, the celebrations will be held completely online.

Ottawa is usually home to the country's largest Canada Day party, with tens of thousands of foreign and domestic tourists descending on the capital to celebrate with live music and family fun, capped off with a dazzling fireworks show.

With COVID-19 restrictions, in-person festivities have been cancelled with organizers instead offering an online show featuring Canadian pop stars including Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne, along with other artists. See more on this below.

In Cayman, where mobility restrictions have been eased, a number of local establishments will be having socially distanced outdoor celebrations. 

Macabuca will be holding a Canada Day party featuring the 4th annual Caesar Cocktail Competition, Canadian specials running all day, Caesar drinks, shot specials, poutine, lobster poutine, lobster rolls and all-day Canadian music. The festivities begin at 3 pm. (For those who don't know, a Caesar is a cocktail created and primarily consumed in Canada. It typically contains vodka, a caesar mix, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and is served with ice in a large, celery salt-rimmed glass, typically garnished with a stalk of celery and wedge of lime.)

Cayman Cabana is celebrating Canada Day with some Canadian faves eh! Squeeky Cheesecurd Poutines, fully loaded Smoked Salmon Montreal Bagels, Lobster Tails, Nanaimo Bars, and more classics! Caesars, $6 Maple Dark & Stormys, $14 Buckets & Bubbly.

The Bird will be offering a one-time limited food menu consisting of a few variations of Poutine, Montreal Smoked Meats and yes, Tim Bits! Limited Edition T-Shirts will be on sale.

Lonestar is offering Canada Day specials such as $7 poutine, $4 C.C. shots, $5 crown shots and $8 caesars.

If you don't want to leave home, Toronto's going virtual for Canada’s 153rd birthday with music, comedy, dance and online fireworks.

Enjoy the Canada Day livestreams as follows:

9 to 10 a.m. Canadian Pancake Breakfast https://youtu.be/abuL_LVVWGI

2 to 5 p.m. Culture Jam https://youtu.be/-gwTWbFl8ms

7 to 8 p.m. Ready for Prime Time https://youtu.be/wMoYQscjVyk

10 to 10:15 p.m. CN Tower Canada Day Light Show https://youtu.be/xjNx8iCxXOE

The special morning, afternoon and evening livestream shows will feature Kardinal Offishall, Gordon Lightfoot, Jully Black, Haviah Mighty, Choir!Choir!Choir!, The Next Generation Leahy and more. Participate in virtual Canada Day programs from home and download interactive and all-age Celebration Kits. Plus, see frontline workers recognized during the livestream.

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