Victoria Day is a celebration of Queen Victoria’s Birthday and also the official Canadian celebration of the reigning Monarch’s birthday. It is celebrated on the first Monday proceeding May 25th. It is a statutory holiday throughout all of Canada except the Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Victoria Day is the official Canadian Kick-off of Summer and is often celebrated with fireworks.
In Québec, since 2003 it has also been known as National Patriots’ Day to honor the rebellion against the British in 1837.