We can’t wait for Sidney Days!

Family fun, pets, music, fireworks, food and silly antics return this weekend for Sidney's Canada Day celebrations

Cute kids are just a part of Sidney's wonderful Canada Day celebrations

Cute kids are just a part of Sidney's wonderful Canada Day celebrations

Sidney Days are here! The Town of Sidney will be acknowledging Canada’s birthday in its usual fashion with fun, food and fireworks this weekend.

Kicking off the celebration on Saturday, June 30 is the Thrifty Foods community barbecue from 4-6 p.m. in Beacon Park. Money raised from the sale of food goes to the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

Following the barbecue is the big cake cutting and live musical performance by Soul 62 at Beacon Park. The evening will be wrapped up in the usual way with the Town of Sidney’s fireworks extravaganza; keep your ears open for the new addition of musical accompaniment this year.

Sunday, July 1 begins with the annual Sidney Days 5 km fun run and walk, and the 2 km youth run, put on by the Peninsula Track and Field Club. Registration is at 6:45 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The race is followed by the Sidney Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the Mary Winspear Centre. Fill up with flapjacks at 9 a.m. before hitting the annual Sidney Days parade which starts at 11 a.m.

The parade route begins at the corner of Beacon Avenue and Resthaven Drive and travels through town.

For more fun after the parade, head over to Iroquois Park for the Family Fun Fair. The fair features activities, entertainment, games and even road hockey tournaments where children will be able to play against local firefighters and police officers. Sidney’s Pet Centre and Aquatics presents a dog show at 1:30 p.m. at the park. Bring your furry friend and compete for best trick, best dressed and best look-alike.

Anytime after noon, observe the Slegg Lumber Build-a-Quick-Boat contest at Beacon Park. Watch teams compete to build the best boat without power tools and on a limited budget. The makeshift boats take to the water at 4:45 p.m.

Anyone who can’t make it to Sidney Days can go to the town’s website at www.sidney.ca and click on the web cam link. The cameras capture new images every 15 seconds.

Be sure to pick up the Sidney Days program guide with a listing of all the weekend’s celebrations, available in the Peninsula News Review on Wednesday, June 17.