Canada Day in English and Fête du Canada in French is one of the most special holidays in the country. The pride due to being from Canada or living here is usually evident throughout the year. But on July 1st, this love becomes even more visible. People paint their faces, wear clothes bearing the Maple Leaf, and wear accessories extolling the great nation. Red and white, the colours of the national flag, take over the streets.
1. Canada Day
Many people think that Canada Day marks the day Canada was discovered. The truth is that the holiday is a commemoration of July 1st, 1867, the date of the promulgation of the Constitution Act of 1867, which unified the colonies of Canada (Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single country within the British Empire. Initially, the holiday was known as Dominion Day, but in 1982 it was renamed following the establishment of the Canada Act.
2. How to celebrate
Canada Day celebrations take place across the country. Parades, fireworks, outdoor barbecues, shows, fairs and picnics are some of the most popular options.
The national capital, Ottawa, is preparing to receive a large number of tourists. Residents and visitors to the beautiful city will enjoy a weekend full of activities. The 2018 event calendar also features a pyrotechnic show that lasts approximately 15 minutes starting at 10 p.m.
4. National Holiday
July 1st is considered a national holiday in all Canadian provinces. This year the holiday will fall on a Sunday. Because of this, Monday, July 2, will also be considered a holiday except in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Nova Scotia.
5. Moving Day
A lot of people make use of the extended holiday to move to a new residence. Originally in Quebec, moving day was May 1st. The tradition comes from the time when the government stipulated the beginning of rental contracts. The date was a kind of protection for the tenants, since the government did not want them to be homeless during the winter.
In 1973, the Quebec government decided to change Moving day to July 1st. Besides being in the summer, workers would not need to take a day off work and students are already out of school. Those who leave it to the last minute run the risk of not being able to hire a moving truck. If you are going to move, be careful when lifting heavy objects and do not forget to keep yourself hydrated.