Celebrations – Canada Day/Dominion Day
Mission has a long history of Canada Day celebrations. In 1927, the Elks Club hosted the first Flag Day on July 1st to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation, and to mark the opening of the Mission Bridge to foot and vehicle traffic. Dominion Day in 1938 saw the opening of the agricultural grounds (the present location of the Mission Leisure Centre), featuring a baseball tournament during the day and a dinner and dance in the evening. The first Canada Day celebration at Fraser River Heritage Park was in 1990, and included a pipe band parade down Seventh Avenue, a flag raising, birthday cake, and donkey rides.
The 2017 Canada Day celebration will again take place in Fraser River Heritage Park, and will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and Mission’s 125th anniversary. A fireworks celebration to end the evening will be hosted at Mission Raceway to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The Raceway will be open to the public for free starting at 8:30 p.m. with the fireworks beginning at 10:00 p.m.