Interesting Facts About Canada Day: A Holiday Of National Pride For Canadians

Happy Canada Day! Well, to all those who didn’t know this, Canadians don’t celebrate Independence Day with the Americans on July 4th. They have their own holiday on July 1. It’s called Canada Day.
It is a day for Canadians all over the world to show pride in their nation’s history, culture and achievements. From coast to coast, the country’s birthday is marked with colorful parades, elaborate fireworks and singing of the national anthem, O Canada! Canada Day is a day of national pride for Canadians.
On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec.
However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens.
Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917. In 1946, a bill was put forth to rename Dominion Day, but arguments in the House of Commons over what to call the holiday stalled the bill.
The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations really began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day, the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.
Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.
Most communities across the country will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, typically outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies.
There are a lot of people who don’t know a lot about Canada Day as well. There’s a bit more to it than just drinking beer and eating burgers. Although, that is a large part of the celebration. So, here are some interesting facts about Canada Day:
1. On Oct. 27, 1982, Dominion Day officially became Canada Day. When the change was made, numerous politicians, journalists and authors, such as Robertson Davies, decried the change, saying it was an unnecessary break with tradition.
2. On July 1, 1867, Confederation was celebrated with the ringing of the bells at the Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto, as well as bonfires, fireworks, military displays and music — not much has changed!
3. In 2013, the week following Canada Day was proclaimed Canada History Week. It’s designed to encourage Canadians to learn about and celebrate their history by visiting museums, talking to veterans and touring national historic sites.
4. Under the federal Holidays Act, Canada Day is observed on July 1, unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case July 2 is the statutory holiday. Celebratory events will generally still take place on July 1, even though it is not the legal holiday.
If it falls on a Saturday, any businesses normally closed that day will usually dedicate the following Monday (July 3) as a day off.
5. Canadian expatriates will often organize Canada Day activities in their local area on or near the date of the holiday. Examples include Canada D’eh, an annual celebration that takes place on June 30 in Hong Kong, at Lan Kwai Fong, where an estimated attendance of 12,000 was reported in 2008; in Mexico, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chapala, and at the Canadian Club in Ajijic; and Canadian Forces’ events on bases in Afghanistan. In China, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai holds Canada Day celebrations at the Bund Beach.

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