Last Wednesday, July 1st, was Canada Day. As we're such close neighbors with Canada here in Washington, we should know about their annual national day of recognition just as we celebrate our independence on the 4th of July.
Children watch the Canada Day parade in Montreal, 2004
|Also called||Fête du Canada|
previously named Dominion Day
|Type||Historical, cultural, national|
|Celebrations||Fireworks, parades, barbecues, concerts, carnivals, fairs, picnics|
Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the effective date of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad.