Canadians around the country will soon be attending parties and celebrations to mark the nation’s 145th birthday.

The biggest bash will be on Parliament Hill, where festivities start at 9 a.m. ET and wrap up 13 hours later with a massive fireworks display.

There will be performances by Feist, Simple Plan, Roch Voisine, and Donny Parenteau; a fly-past by the Snowbirds, and speeches by Gov. Gen.l David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The show will also feature actors playing key figures from the War of 1812, one of the themes of this year’s celebrations. This year marks the bicentennial of the war.

In addition, the Grey Cup will be given VIP status as the football tournament celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

In his Canada Day message, the Governor General says from the moment of Confederation in 1867, Canada has been a unique and challenging experiment.

He says that the nation resembles a giant family that each day displays a commitment to unity, diversity, excellence and equality of opportunity.