Canada ready to celebrate 152nd birthday with  fireworks and flybys

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The skies will be filled with fireworks and military aircraft today as Canada Day celebrations are held across the country.

From Nova Scotia westward to British Columbia the military will soar high above revellers celebrating Canada's 152nd birthday, showcasing a range of aircraft both new and old including helicopters, Hercules transports, and fighter jets.

The Snowbirds are also set for a flypast of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa as part of the festivities in the nation's capital.

Once the sun goes down Parliament Hill will also be the setting for the country's premier fireworks display.

In her recorded message marking the occasion Governor General Julie Payette says she hopes Canadians get out and about regardless of the weather to hike, to celebrate and to watch the fireworks.

After all, she says, "we are a land of four solid seasons and it is not a little rain or a little snow that will stop us.''