By Anna Lozyk Romeo, Aurora ON. Where in the Town of Aurora can you watch Victoria Day Fireworks? What’s happening in the Town of Aurora during the Victoria Day long weekend this year? Those are very good questions that I have asked myself many times. In fact we, as a family of three, were so curious a few years ago that we hopped into the car to find some fun activities around the Town of Aurora and found none.“Everything needs a break.” ― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity
It seems strange not to have celebrations during that weekend knowing that Victoria Day according to wiki is defined as: “a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada.” Perhaps it is just a weekend for families and friends to get together. Perhaps a reason to have birthday cake and toast the queen’s birthday at the dinner table and then pop some family fireworks in the backyard. Or perhaps just rest and charge up for the upcoming summer season.
So, will there be any fireworks during the Victoria Day weekend in the Town of Aurora? Of course there will be. Some go to great lengths showcasing them on their own properties (also called Family Fireworks); and on public properties hopefully with permits in place or approval by Town Council to permit fireworks in town parks or town lands. You can’t do them every day, but for occasions like Victoria Day and Canada Day the Town of Aurora By-law allows Family Fireworks. The only two public places I know of are Copland Park on Aurora Heights Drive and Hamilton Park off St. John’s sideroad, west of Bayview Avenue. I have never seen fireworks at Copland Park, just the aftermath of fireworks garbage accumulated there. However, I have seen fireworks that were quite elaborate at Hamilton Park, seen from my own window.“Rest and be thankful.” ― William Wadsworth
I think Victoria Day Saturday may be the only day that we will be able to find something to do in Town, and that is the Aurora Farmers’ Market & Artisan Fair which we visit regularly at the Town Park. However, that’s given until October of this year (2015).
I know winter is far behind us, but I want to emphasize that it is great that we have fun activities for the Family Day long weekend in February; otherwise in the winter, that would have been just another day off. In the summer there is always something more to do and more to discover around the Town of Aurora.
Have a great Victoria Day weekend folks! Be safe!
Anna Lozyk Romeo, Editor’s Notes
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