Happy Canada Day!
Canada Day July 1, 2020
Canada Day in 2020 is in the middle of the week. Every year on July, Canadians celebrate their national holiday, Canada day. This statuary holiday commemorates the confederation of British territories in North America into one single entity: Canada. It's one of the biggest celebrations across the country and mos businesses are closed down to revel in the festivities, including government offices, many retailers , some grocery stores, and liquor stores.
Enjoying Canada Day
Banks, government offices, and many other stores and businesses close July 1. Tourist attractions and restaurants are usually open but may have reduced hours, so it's always wise to call ahead to confirm.
Typically, Canada Day celebrations include parades, fireworks, backyard barbecues, and others get-together. Many revelers wear red and white and white in honor of Canada's national colors and the Canadian flag is proudly hung up in front of buildings and on windows.
Canada Day in Vancouver
From a citywide to parade to a huge fishing festivals, Vancouver goes all out for Canada Day. The hip and trendy Granville Island is always near the top of lists of things to see in Vancouver regardless of the time of year, but for Canada Day it's extra special. Multicultural performances, live music, a parade, and a massive birthday cake for Canada are just some of the highlights.
The Waterfront Party at Canada Place is one of the most happening places to celebrate in Vancouver, with street hockey tournaments, live performances, food stalls, and genuine citizenship ceremonies. It's also perfect viewing point for the evening fireworks spectacular over the water, so don't leave before enjoying the show.
History of Canada Day
On June 20th, 1868 a proclamation signed by the Governor- General, Lord Monck, called upon all her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebrations of the anniversary of the formation of the union of British North America provinces in a federation under of Canada on July 1st, 1867. The enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 which confederated Canada, was celebrated on July 1, 1867, with the ringing of the bells at the cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto.
The July 1st holiday was established by statue in 1879, under the name Dominion Day.
There is a little or no record of any organized ceremonies after this anniversary, except for the naming of new buildings on the 50th and 60th anniversaries.