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Happy Birthday, Queen Victoria!

Why not enjoy fireworks to celebrate Queen Victoria's 200th birthday?
Getting dressed up for Queen Victoria's Birthday, at the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket, May 18. There were displays, crafts - and birthday cake. Miriam King/Bradford Today

This is a special year for Queen Victoria. On May 24, she would have turned 200.

Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain, Ireland and the British Empire from 1837 until her death in 1901.

Until 2017, she was the longest-reigning monarch in British history – but her record has since been eclipsed by her great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. 

Looking for fireworks to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend? There are a number of fireworks displays planned, depending on the weather.

Canada’s Wonderland will hold its usual dazzling display of fireworks on Sunday, May 19, starting at 10 p.m., when the park closes. Free with admission to Wonderland.

Ashbridge’s Bay always has one of the largest displays in Toronto. May 20 at 9:25 p.m. The city has advised that despite high water in Lake Ontario, the fireworks will be going ahead as planned, weather permitting.

Nobleton holds a Victoria Day Fair, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Dr. William Laceby Community Centre. The Fair includes a parade, vendors, live entertainment, and fireworks at dusk.

Closer to home, Cook’s Bay Marina, 1155 Gilford Road in Innisfil, is planning Victoria Day fireworks, on May 20 at dusk.