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Canada Day

Celebrate Canada Day with pride and joy - join the festivities, have fun, and show your Canadian spirit!
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Celebrate Canada Day on July 1 with pride and enthusiasm! This special day marks the anniversary of when three provinces in Canada - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada - officially joined together to form the country we know today as Canada. Since then, it has become an annual event filled with parades, fireworks, barbecues, concerts and more – a perfect way to celebrate our nation's history and unity. So get ready to show your Canadian spirit on this special day!

History of Canada Day

Canada Day Dates

Canada Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1867</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Canada's Confederation</div><div class='timeline-text'>On July 1, 1867, Canada was officially born when the Constitution Act unified three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1879</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Dominion Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>July 1 was designated as Dominion Day, marking the anniversary of Confederation. The day was a public holiday but not widely celebrated with organized events.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1958</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Official Celebrations Begin</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Canadian government started to organize Dominion Day celebrations in 1958. This included a massive fireworks display and a concert on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion of Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1980, Dominion Day celebrations were expanded to include multicultural performances. This helped to celebrate Canada's diversity and multicultural identity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Dominion Day becomes Canada Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1982, Dominion Day was renamed as "Canada Day" following a private member's bill that was passed in Parliament.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Largest-Ever Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Canada Day 2019 sees the largest-ever celebrations, with over a million people attending the festivities on Parliament Hill.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Canada Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a street festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities and towns across Canada host Canada Day street festivals that feature live music, food vendors, activities, and fireworks. Find one near you and enjoy the festivities!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and organize a picnic in a park or your backyard. You can play lawn games, share Canadian snacks, and even have a mini Canada Day parade with Canadian flags!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Start a new tradition</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Think of something special to do each year to commemorate Canada Day. Some ideas are baking a Canadian themed dessert, going on a road trip to visit another province, or making crafts with Canadian symbols.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out your local museums and find out if they are hosting any Canada Day celebrations. Many museums offer free admission on the day of the holiday and will have special activities for the whole family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Fly the flag</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your pride for Canada Day by flying the Canadian flag in front of your house or balcony. This is an easy way to show your patriotism and it will make sure everyone knows it's time to celebrate!</p></div></div>

Why Canada Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It is a celebration of unity and diversity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Canada Day is an important holiday for many Canadians as it celebrates the cultural diversity of our nation. Every year on July 1st, Canadians come together to reflect on and celebrate their multicultural history. It serves to remind us all that we are stronger united than divided.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It symbolizes national pride</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Canada Day is an opportunity for Canadians to take pride in the accomplishments of our country and its citizens. As one nation, we have achieved much since Canada's creation in 1867, from building democratic institutions over the years to providing health care to every citizen.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It connects us with nature</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>As well as being a chance to celebrate the unique spirit of Canada, many communities use Canada Day as an opportunity to get outside and reconnect with nature. From town parades and festivals to campfires and beach picnics, this is a day to appreciate the breathtaking beauty around us!</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about Canada Day Celebrations

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Canada Day is also celebrated around the world</h3><p class='facts-content'>Besides Canada, this national day is also celebrated worldwide by Canadians living abroad with festive activities, highlighting the universal appreciation for Canadian culture and heritage.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Snowbirds perform a Canada Day air show</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, an iconic air demonstration team, often performs at Ottawa on Canada Day, exhibiting impressive aerial maneuvers to the delight of spectators.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Canada Day includes citizenship ceremonies</h3><p class='facts-content'>To mark the importance of being Canadian, citizenship ceremonies are held across the country on Canada Day. It's a memorable way for new Canadians to officially become citizens on Canada’s birthday.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Royal Canadian Mint releases commemorative coins</h3><p class='facts-content'>In honor of Canada Day, the Royal Canadian Mint has been known to release special edition coins displaying unique symbols or figures significant for Canada.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Canada Day ends with grand firework displays across the country</h3><p class='facts-content'>One of the most anticipated events of Canada Day is the ending firework shows, illuminating the sky in celebration of the nation's unity and perseverance.</p></div></div>

Canada Day FAQs

When is Canada Day?

Canada Day is celebrated on July 1 every year. In 2024, Canada Day will fall on a Monday.

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