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Confirmed: No Guelph Canada Day Fireworks

Guelph will not host its traditional Canada Day fireworks this year due to the Rotary Club of Guelph stepping back from organizing the event. The club has led Canada Day festivities for over nine years but is now facing operational capacity issues and changes in fundraising efforts.

City officials, acknowledging the community’s disappointment, have confirmed they will not be taking over the event due to the short time frame of six weeks. The Rotary Club’s president-elect, Brian Martin, explained that the decision was unplanned and arose from discussions about their current capabilities. The club, once capable of organizing large-scale events involving thousands of volunteer hours, has seen a significant decline in membership and engagement post-pandemic, reducing their capacity to execute such projects.

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Historically, the Rotary Club spent $100,000 to $150,000 on Canada Day events, which evolved into two-day celebrations. However, the returns from these efforts have diminished over the years. Martin expressed mixed feelings about the decision, noting the popularity of Canada Day fireworks, but acknowledged the need for the city to take over.

Although the city cannot organize fireworks this year, they are open to proposals from other organizations for future Canada Day events. The city plans to post details of other celebratory events at guelph.ca/culture in the coming weeks.

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