Canada Day

Supriya Jain
Dec 22, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Mar 16, 2022
Fact-checked by Dimple Malhotra
Canada Day

Where is Canada Day celebrated?

Since Canada Day is the national day of Canada (originally known as 'Dominion Day'), celebrations are carried out throughout different parts of Canada, by the general public, by local communities, and also by Canadians living outside the country, as a celebration of the Canadian spirit.

Who is Canada Day celebrated by?

Local celebrations on Dominion Day take place in different parts of Canada, but yes, there are a lot of Canadians all over the world who celebrate this special day across the borders. Dominion Day is a statutory holiday in Canada, as they celebrate the anniversary of the Canadian Confederation on that day.

When did Canada Day first start?

Canada Day started on July 1, 1867, when a new dominion was formed through the British North America Act, combining British American provinces of Canada (included Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. These regions are still Canadian and celebrate this day as a statutory holiday.

Who started Canada Day?

Canada Day started in 1867 when the Constitution Act (another name for  British North America Act) approved the union of different territories into a single dominion under the British Empire.

John Macdonald became Canada's first prime minister. In the initial days, Canada Day was not celebrated widely, and it was known as Dominion Day, as it was referred to as a 'dominion' as per the act.

However, beginning in 1958, the government then prime minister John Diefenbaker attempted to promote celebrations, and by 1980, Dominion Day or Canada Day celebrations became quite common.

Canada Day is one of the most important days in the country.

History And Timeline

The origin of Canada Day dates back to 1867, when the Constitution Act was passed, which introduced federal laws, the federal government, and a parliament in Canada. From being a dominion to an independent nation, the journey of Canada is filled with a lot of turning points.

Constitution Act, 1867

The Constitution Act was passed in 1869, approving the formation of a dominion.


Proclamation To The Celebration

Governor-general Viscount Monck issued a proclamation asking Canadians to celebrate the anniversary.


Canada Day Events

Canadian government promoted Canada Day festivities.


Canada's Centennial

Canada's centennial in 1967 was a turning point in the history of Canada Day celebrations.


Canadian Independence

Canada became a fully independent federal government.


Traditions And Customs

People respect and remember  Canadian heritage, during Canada Day events, by participating in local celebrations on this memorial day. Different government departments also organize celebrations for this day across the country.

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate Canada Day

Canada Day is a feast with pancakes, patriotic parades, carnivals, festivals, fireworks displays, air and maritime shows, free musical concerts, etc.

You can get together with your Canadian friends and enjoy the festivities. Try some delicious Canadian food and drinks together while having a party. If your friends live alone away from family, then invite them over to enjoy the celebrations together.

You can also read about the events that led to the independence of the country and how it has progressed since then.

Facts And Stats

Canada Day instills a negative feeling among some indigenous people or local communities, who feel it as the festival of the colonization of indigenous land.

2017 marked the 150th anniversary of the Canada Day festivities.

In British Columbia, if July 1 falls on a Sunday, then the federal holiday for Canada Day festivities shifts to July 2.

What does Canada Day mean?

Canada Day, celebrated on July 1, is the anniversary of the Canadian Confederation under Great Britain, as Canadian national day. As well, it's the day in which Canada acquired dominion status under the rule of Great Britain.


Is Canada bigger than the USA?

Canada is a country in North America, in terms of land area the USA is bigger than Canada.

Why is July 1 Canada's birthday?

On July 1, 1867, the British North America act was passed, and under this act, three provinces, namely, Canada (later divided into Quebec and Ontario), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, were joined together as a dominion, all three,  territories of the British Empire.

When is Canada Day celebrated?

It is celebrated on July 1 every year.

How do Canadians celebrate Canada Day?

With pancakes, parades, Canadian flag hoisting, free concerts, fireworks, they make it the most beautiful day.

Where is Canada Day celebrated?

It's celebrated in Canada as well as in all places where Canadians live every year on July 1 with great enthusiasm.

What do you do on Canada Day?

For a Canadian, Canada Day is a memorial day of endless celebrations. It is a colorful and auspicious celebration, with pancake breakfasts, parades, live entertainments, and firework displays.

What is the significance of Canada Day?

It's the national day of Canada, and it celebrates the anniversary of the Confederation. Canada Day is significant because it marked the country's independence, though not fully independent. Nonetheless, 1867 marked a milestone in Canada's history, as its federal government and laws grew stronger.

How old is Canada?

As a country, Canada is 153 years old.

How old is Toronto?

Toronto is the most populous city of Canada and the capital city of the province of Ontario. City Of York (est in 1793)  was renamed Toronto in 1834.

So approximately 230 years. But there are some other comments on the age of Toronto, which says Toronto is at least 300 years old and that its history begins in the 1720s with the establishment of a French fur trade post in the neighborhood of now Baby point.

When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Thursday, June 30, 2022
  • Friday, June 30, 2023
  • Sunday, June 30, 2024

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