In Canada we celebrate Canada Day, also known as F ê te du Canada, on July 1st . It was previously known as Dominion Day and celebrates the anniversary of the Constitution Act, July 1st , It is a federal statutory holiday  which united three  colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick , into a wider British federation of four provinces (the colony of Canada being divided into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec upon Confederation).   Canada became a “kingdom in its own right” within the British Empire commonly known as the  Dominion of Canada . Although still a British colony, Canada gained an increased level of political control and governance over its own affairs, the British parliament and maintaining political control over certain areas, such as foreign affairs, national defense, and constitutional changes. Canada gradually gained increasing independence over the years, notably with the passage of the Statue of Westminster in 1931, until finally becoming completely independent with the passing of the Constitution Act of, 1982 which served to fully patriate the Canadian constitution.    

Under the federal  Holidays Act , Canada Day is observed on July 1, unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case July 2 is the statutory holiday. Celebratory events usually include parades, barbecues, concerts, carnivals, fairs, picnics and of course fireworks, will generally still take place on July 1, even though it is not the legal holiday. If it falls on a weekend, businesses normally closed that day usually dedicate the following Monday as a day off.

This year because of the corona virus the group activities and celebrations in Canada have been canceled. Even fireworks are canceled in our area to prevent crowds from assembling. A drive through pancake breakfast and small family BBQ’s will be the extent of celebrations.

Have a safe holiday, avoid crowds, social distance 2 metres apart and wear masks.

Happy Canada Day!