The Town of Cochrane has had to make the difficult decision to cancel all Town Events until July 2.

That means a party for 10,000 people at Mitford Park can't happen on Canada Day. 

Bella Fallis, President of Cochrane and Area Events Society (CAES) says they've had to switch gears in their planning but they're working hard to ensure it's still a day filled with lots of fun and celebration. 

"CAES will be working on a fantastic event for Canada Day so that you can enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your home or your yard while keeping your family safe."

They're in the very early planning stages but it will be an interactive day for the whole family. 

"We're looking at things like colouring contests for kids of all ages. Food contests, I mean food is a big part of that day. House decorating contests, maybe dig out those Christmas lights and get creative with red and white, maybe a garden contest, doing a red and white theme with your flowers."

They're also planning some entertainment for Cochranites to watch via a live stream. 

Fallis says unfortunately a Canada Day staple can't happen this year. 

"Fireworks require that our first responders be present and we don't want to put any unnecessary strain on that right now and of course we need to adhere to social distancing rules. So at this time we cannot gather to watch them but we will certainly have other great, fantastic activities to share that day instead."

"We want to do everything that we possibly can to include the entire town in this so we'll be making sure that we invite every community to celebrate in their own special way at home with their families but also as a unique community in whatever way that is.  And just be as creative as you can over the next several days and think of ways that your community can celebrate safely."

She says they "want to include Cochrane business, sports groups, fitness groups, kids and youth groups, our seniors, new Canadians, first responders, everyone is invited to participate and show us how you celebrate Canada Day and what it means to you." 

They'll have their website and their Facebook page up that day and they be will inviting everyone to share their experience by posting pictures and videos that day.

Fallis says stay tuned for more details about the event.