A Weekend of Patriotic Activities

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July! And, Happy Canada Day! What a full weekend of festivals, parades, concerts, and parties. Thursday was July 1, or Canada Day. July 1 remembers the day when Canada was united into a single country. So, on Thursday we went down to the waterfront to wish Canada a happy birthday with a lumberjack show, BMX competition, hockey tournament, sand sculpting, a 10-hour concert, lots of food, and finally fireworks. The fireworks were preceded by Anne of Green Gables singing, “O, Canada” which was probably the highlight of my weekend.

I was surprised at how closely the Canada Day celebration mirrored our celebrations of July 4th. Although perhaps not as grand as our celebrations (and CityFolk always wins in my heart in a festival competition), the patriotism of the Canadians is undeniable. Many people were wearing “Vancouver 2010” t-shirts, and the pride everyone felt in their country was very visible. While I missed the American flags and “Star Spangled Banner,” I still felt at home celebrating the birthday of Canada.

Friday, we went to see a parade given by Cirque du Soleil. They paraded down the street and onto the stage where they would be giving that evening’s performance. Although I have seen Cirque before, it was a completely different experience to see them so close. The fire dancers were especially beautiful, and we all felt very inept after seeing the eye-hand coordination of the clowns. 🙂

Tonight is our last event of the long-weekend, as we have been invited to celebrate the 4th of July at the Haviland Club downtown. We don’t know much about the event, but we were promised introduction to some other Americans staying on the island for the summer.

As always, thank you for your prayers and support. These 8 weeks are quickly passing me by, and before I know it my parents will be here and Mom & I will be making the long drive back to Dayton. Much love and stay tuned!


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