Here’s what you need to know about fireworks in Ottawa over the Victory Day long weekend

You can only set off fireworks to celebrate Victoria Day on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays in Ottawa over the holiday weekend.

The Ottawa Statutes and Regulatory Services is reminding residents of the rules for hosting a fireworks display over the holiday weekend after the city received several complaints about noise and the discharge of fireworks near residential buildings and crowds last year.

Statutes officers received 163 calls for noise and fireworks violations on Canada Day and dozens of fireworks complaints on Victoria Day last year. Firefighters responded to eight fires caused by fireworks over the May 2021 long weekend, including four grass fires.

Under Ottawa’s fireworks statute, people may only discharge fireworks on Victoria Day, and the day before and after the holiday. Fireworks must be launched by a person over the age of 18 on private property.

Authorities say you can’t unload fireworks on any building, driveway, car, or onto any road or street.


Fireworks shows in Ottawa

There are two fireworks displays in Ottawa over the Victoria Day long weekend.

  • Canadian Tulip Festival will host a fireworks display on Sunday at 10 p.m. at Commissioners Park
  • Victoria Day fireworks at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. Fireworks are scheduled for Monday evening.

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