Our team of experts are dedicated to providing you with all of the information needed to enjoy this festive holiday. Our research and passion for Canadians has made us the #1 resource for everything Canada Day. Our Event section highlights all of the major holiday events. From dates (yes, some Canada Day events take place on dates other than July 1st) and locations to cost and scheduled activities, we are your one stop for all major functions. If you would rather plan your own holiday entertainment, than our activities section is for you. We have come up fun and unique summer activities that are perfect for this holiday. Whether you are spending the day with your family, friends or mother nature, you’re guaranteed to find something fun to do this holiday.
Although the warm weather and fun activities tend to take priority, we must not forget the reason why we celebrate the holiday. The history section of our website gives you a general overview of the history of Canada Day and how it has morphed into the holiday we love today. Although we are the experts, we still would like to hear what you have to say. Whether its feedback, an awesome event you’d like to promote, a cool activity we didn’t mention or a question we’d love to hear from you. Just go to our contact section and write to us.
Every year on July 1st, we celebrate Canada Day. On that date in 1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were united into a single country. This union was a result of the Constitution Act which granted Canada a great deal of independence from England. Over the course of a century, Canada gradually shed its dependence on the United Kingdom. It did not become fully independent until 1982, the same year that Canada Day became an official holiday.
Canada Day took decades to catch on due to the fact that many early Canadians identified themselves as British. It was not until Canada’s “golden” anniversary in 1917 (50 years), that an official celebration was recorded. The next set of Canada Day festivities did not occur until ten years later, in 1927. The government’s first recognition of the holiday occurred in 1958 with a trooping of the color on Parliament Hill. The first country-wide celebration was in 1967, Canada’s 100th anniversary. From that point on, Canada Day grew and evolved to become the widespread commercial holiday it is today.
Today, Canada Day is celebrated with fireworks, concerts, cookouts, and sports games. Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario, hosts the most holiday activities. There are countless events, activities, and festivals to be found throughout the city in the city streets, parks, and museums. Fireworks are launched from Parliament Hill to conclude a day of patriotic festivities.
Learn more about the history of Canada Day.
For our friends in the US, be sure to visit the Fourth of July Events and Fireworks website.