Rain cancels fireworks until August
Seven-year-old Annika Kerr and her dog Riggs show off their patriotism at Amhersts Canada Day celebration on Sunday. Justin Dickie - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST Amherst celebrated Canadas birthday with some family-oriented fun on Sunday.
This 140th Canada Day is an opportunity to gather in communities across the nation and to proudly celebrate all we have in common, said town crier Jerry Randall in his proclamation during the opening ceremonies. It is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, which were born in the clear vision and shared values of our ancestors, and which are voiced in nearly all of the languages of the world through the contributions of new Canadians.
The celebration, held at Victoria Square, gave reason for families with children of all ages to get out and celebrate in the way the town crier proclaimed with a variety of games, activities, and entertainment that all who attended commonly found fun.
Dave March, chair of the organizing committee, said he got choked up when the flag was raised during the opening ceremonies. Hes a proud Canadian and felt its important to have this type of community gathering on the nations birthday.
What I find interesting about this celebration is that generally in the summertime, come the weekend everyone goes to the cottage, said March. People stick around for this Canada Day celebration in particular and for those that dont go to the cottage its a great way to have a community celebration.
The most highly anticipated part of the program, the fireworks display, was postponed due to rain. Its been rescheduled for Monday, August 6 to cap off next months long weekend.