Monday, March 1, 2021

‘Virtual’ fireworks being held across the country for Canada Day

Federal officials say on July 1, 2020 wherever you are in Canada, people can enjoy Canada Day fireworks “in a fun and innovative way.”

Officials say residents can watch on their mobile device or computer.

More details are available, here: https://www.canadavirtualfireworks.ca/

There will also be an augmented reality experience for mobile devices, for smart phones and tablets only.

“At 10 p.m., local time, point your smart phone or tablet to the night sky and a 3-minute show displaying 3D fireworks will begin,” Federal officials say.

“The augmented reality experience will give you the same visual and sound effects as a real fireworks display. Image capture will also be available for you to share with family and friends.”

Officials say users will be asked to allow access to their camera and other device features in order to use this augmented reality application.

If people do not wish to allow this access, they can refer to the Video experience for desktop and laptop computers section.

“At any time, you can experience our video montage of Canada Day fireworks,” Federal officials say.

Here is the video montage:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement to mark Canada’s birthday.

“On Canada Day, we celebrate the amazing place we call home – and the people we share it with,” Prime Minister Trudeau said.

“Whether you are firing up the barbecue or playing outside with the kids, this is a chance to reflect on where we are as a country, and where we are headed.”

Trudeau added: “The last few months have been difficult for all Canadians, but throughout this pandemic, we have been there for one another. We are neighbours helping neighbours, small businesses being there for their communities and their staff, Armed Forces answering the call to help protect our most vulnerable, and doctors and nurses keeping our families healthy. Because that’s what it means to be Canadian.”

Trudeau said Canada’s success is because of its people.

“People who strive to live up to our shared values of peace, equality, and compassion, and know that diversity is our strength,” the Prime Minister stated.

“People who know that, only together, we can build a better country, where every senior has a safe place to live, and where we say no to racism, injustice, and hate. A country where we understand that our work to ensure everyone has an equal and fair chance at success is never finished.”

What makes Canada special is not the belief that this is the best country in the world – it’s the knowledge that we could be, and that we will keep working to build that country, Trudeau added.

“Because no challenge we face will be too great, if we face it together,” he said.

“I invite all Canadians to join this year’s virtual celebrations and the #CanadaDay conversation online. Today, we celebrate the country we share and tomorrow, we look to the future and move forward, together. Happy Canada Day, everyone.”

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