How to celebrate Neighbour Day this year
After Calgarians came together in such a strong way following the 2013 floods, Neighbour Day was born. It was created to celebrate the community spirit of our city, and it’s something we now commemorate year after year.
Neighbour Day is a yearly celebration of Calgary’s strong community spirit. It started in 2014 in honour of the incredible support and generosity Calgarians showed after the 2013 floods. Now it’s an opportunity to connect with our neighbours, show how we care for each other and celebrate how we make Calgary a great city. [City of Calgary]
As the economy starts to reopen, we are still living in an era of social distancing, so Neighbour Day may look different this year, but it’s still important. This Saturday, June 20th is Neighbour Day and it is probably even more important to connect with our neighbours now, following all we’ve been through as a community in the last few months. Because of the pandemic, the City of Calgary is encouraging people to plan and host virtual events for Neighbour Day.
And there are lots of inspiring ways to connect during this time, so consider one of these ideas:
- Host a virtual party for your neighbours
- Organize a social distance community clean-up
- Plan to support a business in your neighbourhood
- Decorate your windows or the outside of your home
- Decorate inspirational stones
- Try a Neighbour Day scavenger hunt
- Get to know your neighbours by filling out contact cards
- Play Bingo with your neighbours
- Play the neighbour ‘I Spy’ game
You can also take a Neighbour Day pledge:
Tell everyone three ways you’re planning to celebrate Neighbour Day. Don’t forget to show the ways that you are helping support Calgary businesses by using #SupportLocalYYC. Post a picture of your Neighbour Day Pledge Card or write out your activities on any social media platform using #yycNeighbourDay.
Enjoy Neighbour Day this weekend!