Join us for KANA’TA: Canada Day 2024 celebrations on Monday, July 1, 2024. This re-envisioned format for Canada Day offers a variety of new and refreshed cultural, musical, and family-oriented events to enjoy.

Developed in close collaboration with Indigenous communities, KANA’TA: Canada Day 2024 offers programming that honours the traditions of the Mi’kmaw Nation and celebrates pan-Indigenous communities that call the municipality home.

KANA’TA: Canada Day 2024 programming will include the Mawio’mi on the Halifax Waterfront, a Dartmouth Festival Series free concert, a Multi-Stage experience on the Halifax Waterfront featuring multiple genres of music and at night the July 1 Fireworks Show returns!

KANA’TA: Canada Day 2024 will partner with The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to offer free admission as well as a daytime block party this year. The Halifax Citadel National Historic site will also offer free admission on Monday, July 1 as well!

Information was accurate at the time of posting. Please check back closer to July 1st for the latest updates.

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Celebrate Canada Day at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Jul 1, 2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
5425 Sackville St, Halifax.

In honour of Canada’s 157th birthday, enjoy FREE admission all day, 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, July 1st.
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore our newest indoor exhibit, Fortress Halifax, A City Shaped by Conflict which offers the most comprehensive and inclusive history of Halifax in one location. Between 10 am and 4 pm, the 78th Highlanders will perform mini pipe and drum concerts and conduct special drills and demonstrations. The Highlanders will also be serving Canada Day cake starting at 11 am! The iconic noon gun signals the official 21-gun salute from the Halifax Citadel saluting battery.

Canadian Museum of Immigration FREE admission all day

Jul 1, 2024 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road

Jon us for the Celebration of Canada Day on our usual summer opening schedule of 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. We will be offering activities from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm including:
Citizenship Ceremony (open to public): 10:00 am
Participatory Art: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Performances: 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Chalk Art in front of building: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Free Admissions All day.

Royal NS International Tattoo - Canada Day Parade

Jul 1, 2024 10:00 AM

Downtown Halifax


West on Duke St to Brunswick St. South on Brunswick St to Spring Garden Rd. West on Spring Garden Rd to South Park St. North on South Park St to Sackville St. East on Sackville St to Brunswick St. North on Brunswick St, dispersing at Scotiabank Centre

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Canada Day Parade is back for 2024! Start your day by lining the streets with friends and family as you witness more than 25 groups and floats from all over the world. This event is always packed with entertainment and artists to wow the whole community.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo bands performances.

Jul 1, 2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Halifax Waterfront
1655 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo bands performances.

Mawio’mi on the Halifax Waterfront

Jul 1, 2024 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Foundation Wharf
1655 Lower Water Street, Halifax, NS.

Let’s celebrate KANA’TA Canada Day together with a traditional welcome and blessing from our Elders to start the day. We kick off with Mi’kmaq inspired music from Joe Henry and more. Followed by a cultural demo: enjoy the rhythmic beats of indigenous drums that fill the air with energy and get inspired by traditional and contemporary Mi’kmaq dancers.

8th Annual Canada Day Drumming Celebration

Jul 1, 2024 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Dartmouth Sunshine Series Stage (Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park)
88 Alderney Dr, Dartmouth, NS.

With the support of Canada Day Drumming National Committee, Canada Day Drumming Halifax (CDD Halifax) has successfully organized this annual event since 2017 to celebrate Canada’s Birthday with our local immigrant communities.
CDD has also broken the Guinness World Record of simultaneous drumming with 148 Canadian cities and 26 international cities in 13 countries. In 2022, we were able to bring the in-person local edition back with the support from the City of Halifax. This year, we will keep joining the CDD national simultaneous drumming at 3pm AST on July 1st. The CDD Halifax committee will line up multicultural performances, including bands, dancing groups, talented individuals, and more from 12:30PM to 3PM for the public to enjoy Canada Day in Downtown Dartmouth.

Joyce Liu


Jul 1, 2024 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dartmouth Festival Series Stage
Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park
88 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth

Join the African Nova Scotian Music Association live at Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park for a display of incredible emerging and established artists.


Quoia States
Wave Lord
Casual Cries For Help
Haliey Smith
DJ Riggs

Julien Matwawana

Canada Day Fireworks Supported by Canadian Heritage

Jul 1, 2024 10:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Haifax-Dartmouth Waterfront

The Canada Day Fireworks return for the first time since 2019 thanks to our partners at Canadian Heritage! Best views will be at The Halifax Waterfront Foundation Wharf stage and our Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park stage. Catch live entertainment with a fireworks finale!

We also recommend
- Queens Marque area
- Sands At Salter stage
+ most locations on the Dartmouth and Halifax waterfront will be GREAT!

***We will advise if any cancellations need to happen due to weather or burn bans closer to show day***

The municipality is attentive to safety concerns related to fireworks and remains in consultation with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency on this issue. The municipality would also like to reassure residents that there are measures in place to ensure the fireworks used at municipal events are used in a safe manner and in accordance with any relevant fire regulations.
As always, the status of fireworks for events is subject to change. Notification of changes will be shared via the municipality’s Civic Events’ Facebook page and Twitter channel.

Rotary Halifax Harbour Presents: 9th Annual Harbourside Ribfest

Jun 28, 2024 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Alderney Landing
2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4W1

Harbourside Ribfest is thrilled to be back for its 9th year! We are the biggest food event of the summer and we are the the largest 100% volunteer-run event hosted by Rotary Halifax Harbour. Proceeds from sponsorship, vendor fees, bar sales, and entry fees support local and international causes. The event will host five unique rib trucks, exciting local vendors and live entertainment. This year we are also doing a 50/50 cash raffle!

Admission is only $2
5 world-renowned ribbers and 15+ local vendors!
Live entertainment all day
Full bar serving beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks
Visit for the full list of vendors, entertainment and to get your early bird coupon!

June 28th, 2024 12PM - 10PM
June 29th, 2024 11AM - 10PM
June 30th, 2024 11AM - 10PM
July 1st, 2024 11AM - 7PM

*A community-run event*


  • Canada
  • Nova Scotia
  • HRM
  • Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
  • Discover Halifax
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Parks Canada
  • Pepsi
  • Move 100.1
  • Virgin Radio