Edmonton’s New Year’s Eve fireworks return to Churchill Square

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Edmontonians can celebrate the arrival of 2022 outside city hall with a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.

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After being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festivities are returning to Sir Winston Churchill Square. Fireworks will launch from the roof of Stanley A. Milner Library from midnight to 12:10 a.m. on Jan. 1.

There won’t be any live entertainment this year, but the city’s Christmas tree, art installations, and ice rink are available in the square. Skates can be rented for free and the change rooms will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight.

“Members of the public are reminded to dress for the weather conditions and to wear a mask when indoors. Please follow all current COVID-19 public health guidelines,” reads a city news release Friday.

Transit will be free from 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 to the end of service at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

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A number of roads and sidewalks will be closed from 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1. and some parking bans will be in effect.

Road closures include:

  • 99 Street, from 101A Avenue to 102 Avenue
  • 100 Street, from 101A Avenue to 102A Avenue
  • 102 Avenue, from 97 Street to 101 Street
  • 102 Avenue, from 99 Street to 100 Street

The entrance to the library parkade at 99 Street will be closed at 11:30 p.m. but the entrance at 100 Street will stay open. Parkades at Canada Place, off 97 Street, and the library will offer paid parking.

Pedestrians should use the underground pedway system to access the square. Sidewalk closures include:

  • The east and west sides of 99 Street, between 101A Avenue and 102 Avenue
  • The east and west sides of 100 Street, between 101A Avenue and 102 Avenue
  • The north and south sides of 102 Avenue, between 99 Street and 100 Street
  • The north side of 101A Avenue, between 99 Street and 100 Street

More information on the closures can be found on the city’s website .

Permits for private fireworks are required in Edmonton and the approval process can take several days.

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