The Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association (RPCRA) will host its annual May long weekend fireworks in Mooney’s Bay Park on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The fireworks are a decades-old neighbourhood tradition, meant for the whole family to enjoy.
Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 pm on Sunday
Family activities start at 5pm. Last year, this event attracted more than 2,000 people, so you are encouraged to arrive early, bring a blanket and enjoy the whole evening at Mooney’s Bay Park. Parking is available on-site and in the Parks Canada parking lot at Hog’s Back for a $10 fee. Proceeds go to support the fireworks and other RPCRA community activities. If you are planning to take public transit, OCTranspo route 87 stops at the park and runs until after 11 pm.
Refreshments will be available for purchase from The Beach House Bistro, and washrooms will be available onsite. Boom 99.7 will be providing music for the event, which will be hosted by Dylan Black. Glow bracelets will be for sale for you to enjoy during the fireworks.
In the event of rain, the fireworks will still go ahead, however if there is lightning or high wind the event will take place on Monday, May 18th at 9:30pm.
There will be a ceremony to honour LCOL John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields
The famous poem, In Flanders Fields, was written 100 years ago, in May 1915, by LCOL John McCrae while he was on a European battlefield in the midst of World War I. Since then, the poem has become a national symbol of remembrance for Canada’s fallen and wounded soldiers, and the cost of peace. Just prior to the fireworks, there will be a performance by a bag piper, and a recitation of the poem.
Family activities will start in the park at 5:00 pm
The site will open at 5:00 pm, with a variety of family-friendly activities and information booths, including:
• Face painting by Riverside Park Nursery School
• A fire truck from City of Ottawa Fire Services
• Army and Navy displays
• City of Ottawa Community Police Officers
• Royal LePage Dodge Prowler and silent auction
• Rideau Canoe Club
• City of Ottawa Public Health
• Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile
• Canadian Heroes
The RPCRA wishes to thank our generous sponsors and partners, who have made this event possible
The May long weekend fireworks are a community-driven, grassroots event, and wouldn’t be possible without the help of our sponsors, partners and volunteers.
A HUGE thank you goes out to:
Our major sponsors
City of Ottawa, Kodiak Security, WR Davey Insurance, Shanalex Alarms, HANDS fireworks, and the Beach House Bistro.
Otto’s BMW and Subaru, Therese Catana Royal LePage, Debbie Belair Dominion Lending, David McGuinty MP, John Fraser MPP, AMS Motors, John Singlehurst, Elaine Rainboth, D & G Hutchinson, Alta Vista Chiropractic clinic, TNT Restaurant, Danielle Nadon and Heinz Keller.
BOOM 99.7, Dylan Black , City of Ottawa Police, Fire Services, Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile, Ottawa Public Health, Royal Lepage, Riverside Park Nursery school, Canadian Army – 30th Field Regiment, Canadian Navy – HMCS Carleton – both reserve units at Dow’s Lake, Crime stoppers, and the Rideau Canoe Club.
Our volunteers and fundraisers
A special thank you to the Brookfield Confectionary and to Johnny Vegas for hosting a fundraising music night, as well as to those who attended and donated anonymously. Additional thanks to Johnny Vegas, Joyce Aboud, and George Brown for organizing such an outstanding evening, which was a great success and lots of fun!
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to all of our community volunteers who have donated their time and energy to make this a great event!