Canada Day

US Navy 100701-N-8539M-013 Leading Seaman Richard Glasbergen, from Grimsby, Ontario, raises the Canadian flag aboard the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283) during the morning colors ceremony for Canada DayWhat is Canada Day?

Canada Day, a statutory (public) holiday often referred to as “Canada’s Birthday,” marks the anniversary of the date that Canada became a self-governing country. The holiday was first established in 1879 under the name Dominion Day but has been officially celebrated as Canada Day since 1982.

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When is Canada Day?

July 1 of each year. If July 1 falls on a Sunday, July 2 is Canada Day and a statutory holiday, under the Holidays Act.

How do people celebrate Canada Day?

Post offices and some businesses, stores and other organizations close for the day. Canada Day celebrations include nationwide events organized by municipal governments. Canada  Day events include pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals and festivals, firework displays and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadian citizens.

Sources: timeanddate.com, pch.gc.ca
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