TIGNISH - Prince Edward Island residents planning to attend the official Canada Day celebrations this year will have to head west.
The big party, which is usually held in Charlottetown, is going to be held in Tignish.
Kendall Arsenault, an organizer with the Canada Day party in Tignish, says residents are honoured to be able to play host to the provincial ceremony.
Canada Day falls on the last day of the Irish Moss Festival, which runs from June 20 to July 1.
"Everyone is pretty excited and honoured to be able to do this," said Arsenault.
Events get underway with a reception for invited guests at the Tignish Heritage Inn. Those invited guests include Lt.-Gov. Barbara A. Hagerman, Premier Robert Ghiz and federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea.
Public events get underway at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, following a march that will include the RCMP in full ceremonial dress.
There will be a raising of the national flag and the provincial flag, remarks by dignitaries as well as birthday cake.
Martha Ellis, volunteer president of the Celebrate Canada committee in P.E.I., said it's great to get the big provincial party out to smaller communities across the province.
"No matter where you go in P.E.I. on July 1 you'll see crowds of people celebrating the fact that we're all part of this wonderful country," said Ellis.
Arsenault said the Irish Moss Festival will still be going strong on Canada Day.
There will be a giant outdoor stage where live music will be playing throughout the day. There will be games for the children and barbecues over lunch and supper and a huge fireworks display to end the day. Those fireworks will be held at the ball diamonds next to the legion.
The newly created Memorial Veterans Gardens, which are adjacent to the legion, will also be officially unveiled on Canada Day.