For many who gathered to watch the show, it was a great opportunity to celebrate what would normally be the start of 10 days of fun in the city.
“I like the fact that they make fireworks – that’s why we’re here,” said one woman. “We wanted to come and see them. It’s parade day and it should be celebrated. ”
“It gives everyone something to appreciate in this shitty time,” said another spectator.
Many people who gathered to watch the show said they were sad that the Stampede did not happen because of COVID-19.
“It’s too bad it doesn’t happen this year,” said one woman. “(The fireworks) really helps. We were missing Canada Day, so we’re glad that at least now some are happening. ”
But, for some people, there is one thing about the Stampede period that is more important than fireworks, food and fun.
“You can still do family business,” said one man. “I believe spending time with your family and children is very important. ”
A second fireworks display is scheduled for July 12, or what would have been the last day of the Calgary Stampede 2020.