In a typical year, Abbotsford celebrates Canada Day with a parade along South Fraser Way and activities at Rotary Stadium and Exhibition Park. But the 2020 event was held virtually, and 2021 will be held as a drive-thru at Tradex. (Abbotsford News file photo)

In a typical year, Abbotsford celebrates Canada Day with a parade along South Fraser Way and activities at Rotary Stadium and Exhibition Park. But the 2020 event was held virtually, and 2021 will be held as a drive-thru at Tradex. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Drive-thru at Tradex planned for 2021 Canada Day in Abbotsford

Music, displays, food truck, demonstrations and more will be featured

Canada Day in Abbotsford will be celebrated this year with a Drive Across Canada drive-thru event at Tradex.

Mayor Henry Braun announced Wednesday (May 26) that the city is working with local artists and community partners to put together a “high-energy, spirited drive-thru program that residents can safely enjoy.”

The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and will include community zones – created by Abbotsford partners – with activities, demonstrations, musical performances, giveaways and displays. Admission is free.

Braun said the event will comply with all COVID-19 protocols.

The Abbotsford Arts Council and CIVL Radio are putting together a lineup of local artists to create a playlist of local music to enjoy.

RELATED: Abbotsford celebrates 2020 Canada Day in a virtual way

Every year the City of Abbotsford has a new Canada Day theme and artwork to go along with it. In the spirit of celebrating community, this year’s marketing materials will include artwork from the 2020 contest winner, Shirley Yuzon, who focused on Canadian wildlife.

In addition to Canada Day activities, there will also be a food truck drive-thru festival from July 1 to 4 at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. Full details of participating food trucks will be shared soon.

In addition to the drive-thru celebration, the City of Abbotsford is also holding a Canadian Sprit Contest, where participants can dress up or decorate their homes and businesses in ways that showcase Canadian spirit.

Residents can submit photo or video content, starting June 1, that showcases at least one of the following:

• themselves and/or family and friends dressed up in Canada’s favorite colors;

• their house or vehicle decorated to represent Canada; or

• their pet(s) dressed up in Canada-themed attire.

Visit abbotsford.ca/canadaday for more information.

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