Through the troubled times of the pandemic era came an unprecedented push for community spirit and support.
That’s the intent behind Hamilton Day: a city-wide celebration of all the people, places, and things that make the Hammer great.
Returning for 2023, Hamilton Day – beginning November 4th with kickoff events on November 2nd and 3rd – launched in 2021 as a response to the pandemic and its negative impacts on the community and economy.
However, its roots go back much further than that. Hamilton Day was first held in 1931 during the Great Depression with intent to encourage locals to celebrate the community and pour some of their spending money back into the local economy.
A whopping 90 years later with another widespread crisis affecting the city, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce decided to resurrect Hamilton Day; and the resulting event was so popular that it’s become an annual tradition!
“Hamilton Day is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in our community and enjoy Hamilton’s unique culture and amazing business community,” says Greg Dunnett, President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
“This year is particularly exciting as Hamilton Day has grown into a multi-day event with new interactive activations and exciting opportunities to take pride in supporting Hamilton’s local businesses.”
Bigger and better than ever with over 1,000 participating businesses, locals can expect special events on November 2nd and 3rd leading up to Hamilton Day, with free and ticketed concerts – including Dwayne Gretzky – at some of Hamilton’s best indie venues like The Music Hall, Mills Hardware, and Bridgeworks.
Then, on November 4th, Hamilton Day will be in full swing city-wide with events like the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Local Artist Tour, the Road2Hope Marathon, the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home at Hamilton Theatre Inc, a Sushi Making class at Grain & Grit Brewing, a Zineposium at Central Library, and a two-for-one ticketed screening of Singin’ in the Rain at The Playhouse Cinema.
Markets, concerts, and other special events will also be part of the festivities, and above all, Hamilton residents are encouraged to spend Hamilton Day hitting up all their favourite local shops, makers, restaurants, and small businesses to show them some extra love.
With plenty of fun to be had for all ages, Hamilton Day is shaping up to be a standout event this year. Get out there and celebrate all the things that make the city great!
Hamilton Day takes place November 4th with kickoff events on November 2nd & 3rd. Visit their website for more information, event schedules, and a list of participating businesses. Follow them on social media here.
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