by Morinville News Staff

The flags are flying above Main Street in preparation for the Morinville Historical and Cultural Society’s annual Canada Day in the Park event running Friday from noon until 3 p.m.

Although the festivities and participation have grown, organizer Murray Knight says patriotism and a sense of community remain at its core. Once again the celebration will carry the family picnic in the park theme.

“Canada Day’s importance to a community can never be overlooked,” Knight said. “For me – it’s a big thing about my family and what my family has contributed in a couple of world wars and other people that I know have contributed to making this Country a better place to live.”

This year’s event starts at noon in St. Jean Baptiste Park with a free hot dog lunch supplied by Morinville Town Council. Opening ceremonies will commence at 12:45 p.m. and include the raising of the flag and singing of the National Anthem at 1 p.m. The serving of cake, ice cream and watermelon will follow the formal portion of the event. Other activities include face painting, bouncy castles, games and live music in the park from noon until 2:30 p.m.

Knight and the rest of the Historical and Cultural Society members are looking forward to seeing the park once again packed with families celebrating Canada’s 149th birthday.

“It’s a great family event. You bring your kids; you bring your grandma, grandpa, your dad and mom, whoever” Knight said. “It’s just a great family time for four hours. It’s just a great community event.”

Canada Day festivities will include fireworks booming above the town. Residents are encouraged to come out to the Morinville Public School grounds where they will be launched at approximately 10:45 p.m.

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