Canada Day is over, but not the fireworks.
Red Deerians are invited to see yet more pyrotechnics at 11 p.m. on Friday over Bower Ponds and downtown Red Deer. This time they will celebrate the opening of the Calgary Stampede.
“We invite all Albertans to join together in celebration as we light up the night sky in recognition of our shared goals and bright future for our province,” states a release from the Calgary Stampede.
“This incredible display will be a must-see, as the largest and most sophisticated firework event produced in Canada this year.”
Fireworks in the four Alberta cities will take place simultaneously, in coordination with the opening night of the Calgary Stampede Evening Show performance. The display, sponsored by Bell, will go off to a synchronized musical soundtrack.
“This is our way of lighting up the Alberta skies and providing the opportunity to celebrate together,” says Steve McDonough, president and chairman of the stampede board. “Thousands of Albertans will be able to view this amazing firework show from their own neighbourhood at the same time, with the same soundtrack on July 9th.”
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer said, The Calgary Stampede is “leading the way in the return to community life in our province. Red Deer is honoured to be a part of this initiative to celebrate our Western heritage together.”
Parking is very limited at Bower Ponds, so organizers are encouraging people to watch the free, family-friendly celebration from downtown Red Deer and neighbouring areas, as well as many backyards.