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Kelowna's Canada Day festivities cut due to COVID-19

Canada Day fireworks in Kelowna on July 1, 2019.
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April 27, 2020 - 1:41 PM

Kelowna's Canada Day festivities have been cancelled due to the crowd-size limiting regulations in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Despite our hope that we could still hold a modified version of ‘Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna’ or even a large community celebration later in the summer, it’s now clear that won’t be possible,” Renata Mills, executive director with Festivals Kelowna said in a press release.

“Our team is quite disappointed but completely understands the importance of supporting efforts to minimize exposure to the Coronavirus, and that includes cancelling large public events.”

The event is usually held in multiple locations along Kelowna’s lakefront, and attracts more than 60,000 visitors to revel in performances, food and displays of varying kinds.

Event partners, performers, and participants are being contacted and refunds for vendors are being co-ordinated.

“We’d like to express our tremendous appreciation and thanks to the many sponsors, participants, and event partners who have been very patient and supportive through this unusual time. Ever optimistic though, we will begin our planning for next year and look forward to welcoming everyone to ‘Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna’ on July 1, 2021," reads the release.

The event is produced in partnership by Festivals Kelowna, the FolkFest society and the Kelowna City Band society.

Westside Daze and Peachfest are two other significant Okanagan events to be cancelled in recent days.

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