August 5 is New Brunswick Day

(Bell Media/Ed Shaw)

It is New Brunswick Day today and there are festivities scheduled across the province.

Pokemouche is the host of the official New Brunswick Day 2019 celebrations, but Tourism New Brunswick says on their website there are events lined up in Shediac, Sussex, Sackville and Bathurst, along with New Brunswick Day Amazing Race in Quispamsis and other events locally.

You can get free admission to any of New Brunswick's provincial parks, along with Hopewell Rocks park and the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.

New Brunswick Day is an opportunity to celebrate New Brunswick's achievements, history and culture and has been celebrated as a provincial holiday annually on the first Monday in August since 1976.

In 1989, the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Heritage was made responsible for organizing New Brunswick Day, to give it a purpose, which, according to the province, was little more than allowing New Brunswickers to benefit from an extra holiday.

Miramichi hosted the first official New Brunswick Day celebrations in 1990, with Fredericton hosting events last year.

As today is a holiday, NB Liquor, Service NB and Service Canada, banks, libraries and government offices are closed, along with most grocery stores, though a number of tourist attractions are open today.

The CBC says Regent Mall (Fredericton), CF Champlain Place (Moncton) and McAllister Place (Saint John) are closed, but the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton), Resurgo Place (Moncton), Kings Landing, Magic Mountain and Le Pays de la Sagouine are open.

The New Brunswick Day celebrations in Pokemouche start at 10:00 a.m. with the official celebration kicking off at 11:00 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m.

(With files from the CBC)