Come celebrate with us, May 25th at Queen’s Park!

A FREE and festive community celebration held every May since 1870 in New Westminster. This event has been held around the city throughout its long-standing history, however, Queen’s Park has been its home for the majority of the celebrations.

Preserving the tradition.

No celebration of May Day would be complete without the traditional May Pole and Folk Dances. We would love to have you join us as a dancer to perform one of these heritage dances at the May Day celebration.


May Day also has a history of celebrating by electing a Royal Suite. Each year (when the intake is open) parents of children in grades 4 to 6 can submit to have them participate in the Royal Suite Draw.

Creating a cycle of support.

No tradition survives without it being practiced and observed. By sharing this experience with New West’s youth through participation in May Day, they in turn can become mentors and leaders to the next generation.

What makes New Westminster’s May Day magical?

Aside from being the longest-running May Day in the world, here are some interesting facts you may not know:

  • May Day has been a community celebration that many residents of New Westminster have not only watched but taken part in Past May Day celebrations have seen 10,000+ attendees
  • Special guests and dignitaries have attended New Westminster’s May Day, such as Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Volunteer and join our team.

Reach out if you can help. We’re looking for volunteers to help make May Day magical. Help us preserve May Day celebrations in New Westminster. Contact us.

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