Canada Day fireworks, parade are a ‘virtual’ reality this year – The Sarnia Journal

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Troy Shantz & George Mathewson
Wednesday will be unlike any previous Canada Day, but many Sarnians are planning to mark the nation’s birthday on July 1 regardless.
The annual parade and fireworks that draw tens of thousands to very public events at Sarnia’s two big waterfront parks have been scrubbed.
But officials say the Canada Day spirit will continue to shine in smaller ways, with friends and families gathering to celebrate in small groups, with “virtual fireworks” and even a “virtual parade” in the works.
In Sarnia, fireworks cannot be set off on public property without a permit. And they are only allowed on private property when organized by an adult and done a safe distance from roads, highways and buildings.
“Long story short — you’re never allowed to do it on public property, and if you do it on private property you’re responsible for anything that happens because of that,” said Mike Otis, of Sarnia Fire Rescue.
“So you take on all liability.”
Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, in partnership with Lambton’s 11 municipalities, has planned a “virtual fireworks.”
The experience will provide residents with unique local content and something to commemorate from the comfort of their own backyards, balconies and …

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