Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy 141st Birthday Canada!

People in the US always ask me how we celebrate Canada Day, and really it is just like the celebrations for the 4th of July. There are picnics, cookouts and fireworks...just fun with family and friends. Here are a few quick facts about the holiday...Happy Canada Day!!
  • On June 20, 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck, called upon all Her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a dominion under the name of Canada on July 1st.
  • The July 1st holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day.
  • A highlight was Canada's Centennial in 1967 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended the celebrations on Parliament Hill.
  • On October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as "Dominion Day" became "Canada Day"
  • Canada Day is always observed on July 1st, unless it falls on a Sunday (it is then celebrated the following day)

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