Residents advised to keep safety top of mind this Victoria Day

Posted on Friday May 01, 2020
Paper Fireworks

The City of Cambridge, along with area municipalities across the Region of Waterloo, wish to remind residents to keep safety top of mind this Victoria Day.

To meet physical distancing guidelines, public firework displays will not be permitted and public events have been cancelled across the region for the May long weekend (May 16-18). Fireworks cannot be set off in municipal parks, sports fields, laneways, or on school board property.

Additionally, residents are encouraged to exercise caution with private backyard firework displays due to gathering directives and the possibility of tying up emergency resources. Residents are asked to consider alternate plans and to keep celebrations to those within their household. Please note that municipal by-law officers will be enforcing current public health restrictions.

“We know and understand that everyone loves the tradition of gathering to watch fireworks,” said City of Cambridge Fire Chief Neil Main. “But this year, we are urging residents to keep their celebrations low key. Every year, there are firework related injuries, particularly among teens. We do not want to put additional pressure on emergency responders and hospitals.”     

“Thank you everyone for continuing to do your part,” added Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “I have been so impressed with how people have been incredibly creative and rethinking many of the ways we mark significant events and celebrations over the last while. Our collective efforts are making a difference and we must stay the course.”

Leading up the long weekend, the City of Cambridge will be sharing ideas on how to mark the long weekend, such as tips for kids on how to make paper fireworks. Our recreation staff will be posting gardening tips and exercise workouts on our website ( and our social media channels. As well, our INVEST Cambridge team will be encouraging residents to celebrate by supporting local businesses by ordering a meal or a game online (

Anyone selling fireworks requires a license from their respective municipality in line with the municipality’s fireworks by-law. In Cambridge, private fireworks displays are permitted on Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Diwali. In cases of inclement weather, residents are permitted to set off fireworks within two days following the above noted holidays. Fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

For full details on firework by-laws and safety, please visit


Primary media contact

Susanne Hiller
Director of Communications
City of Cambridge