And this year, with Canada’s independence day falling on July 1st and America’s on July 4th, it’s possible for citizens of both countries to celebrate their respective national holidays on the same long weekend.
The Jellystone Park in Niagara Falls has even developed special activities in honor of Canada Day and Fourth of July.
“We are celebrating both holidays at our park,” said Greg Amadio, general manager of the 250-site park.
“We’ll do two parades, one on the first and one on the Fourth of July. We will also give prizes for the most patriotically decorated campsites on both holidays.”
Prizes will also be given to U.S. and Canadian guests with the most patriotic costumes on the Saturday night dance.
The campground will also provide games and crafts and wagon rides for families to enjoy with their children.
The Niagara Falls Jellystone Park is one of five Jellystone Parks in Canada, all of which have rental accommodations in addition to RV and tent sites. Here are snapshots of other Canadian Jellystone Parks and their Canada Day activities:
— Toronto, Ont.: Canada Day weekend activities include flag making and face painting activities. Children and their families will also be able to enjoy the park’s new jump pad.
— Lower Woodstock, N.B.: Canada Day weekend is also the Billy Buster Bear Hillbilly Weekend at this park. Activities include barrel racing; a watermelon seed spittin’ contest; bear bowling; bobbin’ for pigs feet; and a contest to see who has the most hilarious hillbilly costume.
— Kingston, N.S.: Canada Day weekend activities will include tie dye t-shirt making; chocolate bar bingo; Karaoke and dancing with Yogi Bear.
— Borden-Carleton, PEI: Canada Day weekend activities will include various patriotic themed crafts and games as well as tie dye t-shirt making and ceramic crafts. The town of Borden-Carleton also provides a fireworks display at the Confederation Bridge on June 30.
Jellystone Parks are famous for providing fun, family activities and themed weekends that include everything from crafts and games to wagon rides. Birthday parties with the bears and daily appearances by Yogi Bear are also very popular.
Jellystone Parks also offer themed weekend activities throughout the camping weekend. Themes vary by weekend. For example, Hawaiian weekends often include limbo contests, sand castle building, and a luau. Mardi Gras themed weekends include parades, cookouts and dances, while Christmas in July weekends include campsite decorating contests, campsite caroling, cookie and ornament making activities. The increasingly popular Halloween themed weekends include costume and campsite decorating contests and trick or treating activities.
For more information, please visit www.campjellystone.com.