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Steveston Salmon Festival returns for 76th year next month

Fireworks are coming back this year
The Steveston Salmon Festival will be celebrating its 76th anniversary next month. City of Richmond photo

The salmon bake, parade and celebratory fireworks are on the list of activities returning to the annual Steveston Salmon Festival next month.

On July 1, the City of Richmond and Steveston Community Society are bringing back the traditional festival to celebrate the spirit of the community. The festival also doubles as a Canada Day event in Richmond.

A day-long program featuring a parade, live music, exhibitions, demonstrations and hands-on activities will span from Britannia Shipyards to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 p.m., which is when the fireworks will take place.

“The Steveston Salmon Festival is one of Richmond’s most popular and enduring events,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“We are delighted to have it return to a full program and parade for the first time since 2019. The festival has been popular for over seven decades. We encourage the community to come together once again to celebrate the spirit of Steveston and its rich fishing history.”

Steveston’s salmon bake is returning with limited pre-order tickets and can be placed here.

Alan Sakai, chair of the Steveston Salmon Festival committee, said organizers are excited for the return of the festival and mainly the popular Canada Day parade.

“Richmond residents will be in for a treat as there will be more than 70 floats on display, making it the largest Canada Day parade in the region,” said Sakai.

“The festival is all about community and we’re looking forward to bringing everyone together to celebrate with a range of cultural activities, delicious food, and entertainment for all ages.”

Festival goers are encouraged to use public transportation, walk or ride their bike to the event as there will be road closures between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. around Steveston Village with limited parking.

For the full list of activities, click here.