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Summer festivities are here after a long COVID year


After the plug was pulled on last year’s party plans, we’re long overdue for some summer celebrations and now that COVID-19 seems to be on the wane, we can tentatively welcome back our time-honoured this Fête nationale festivities.

The Town of Saint-Lazare is taking a novel approach to their June 23 fireworks display by inviting attendees to view them drive-in movie style, thereby ensuring everyone can enjoy the show and stay within their own social bubble.

On Saint-Jean Baptiste Day, June 24, events begin on the town’s Facebook page and starting at 10:30 a.m., a musical entertainment trailer will be circulating in some of the town's neighbourhoods creating a festive atmosphere during these two days of celebration. Be on the lookout for this great surprise that we have prepared for you! The itinerary will be announced a few days in advance on the town's Facebook page and website.

Festivities continue Saturday, June 26 (June 27 in case of rain) including a public market, Historical rally, public entertainers, antique car exhibit, giant maze and games, food trucks ($), music and more. Please remember to bring a face mask as 2m social distancing may not always be possible.

More drive-in fireworks take place on Wednesday, June 30 at 10 p.m.

Canada Day will again welcome the Facebook kick-off and the musical entertainment trailer.

More info at ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/activitesparlaville

The Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion will also welcome back Fête nationale celebrations though modified to avoid large crowds.

On June 23, singer Alexis Arbor will tour seniors' residences between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to offer them some Quebec tunes. In the evening, Valspec performing arts theatre presents ‘Grand spectacle virtuel régional du Suroît’ with the musical group La Chicane at 9 p.m. In the first part, at 7 p.m., the regional segment will be provided by the ‘Melt it up’ group. This virtual event is accessible from the Valspec website, www.valspec.com.

A moving party is scheduled for June 24. In total, 24 parks will be visited for a period of 30 minutes each, by one of the four singers of the famous ‘Le 2 Pierrots,’ namely Carl Cadorette, Serge Lachappelle, Dany Pouliot and Pascal Vanasse. The park schedule can be viewed on the city's website, www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/in the Events section.