Every year on July 1, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. This national holiday honors the anniversary of the Constitution Act which was signed in 1867, uniting three British colonies (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada) to form a single country called the Dominion of Canada. At first the holiday was called Dominion Day, but in 1982 Canada gained complete independence from Great Britain and it was renamed to Canada Day.
While it may be referred to as Canada’s birthday, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the country’s indigenous culture and their important role in the country’s rich history before 1867.
Canada Day Celebrations
Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country and across the globe. Parades, outdoor concerts, barbecues, fireworks, festivals, flag displays, and wearing red and white – the national colors of Canada, are all popular ways the day (or weekend) is celebrated. It is also a day for citizenship ceremonies for the country’s newest citizens. Concerts and cultural displays are held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario -the nation’s capital.
2017 marks the 150th anniversary, making it a particularly huge celebration!
Learn More About Canada
- Visit our Country Profile page for a detailed map of Canada, photographs, country stats, flag, currency, and national symbols.
- Listen to the Canadian National Anthem. The song “O Canada” was officially made the national anthem on Canada Day, 1980.
- Read books about Canada. Here a few suggested titles. Please share more in the comments below.
- Have some fun in the kitchen, and make a Canada Day recipe to celebrate. Chatelaine offers 14 Classic Canadian Recipes: Lobster rolls, poutine, caesars, bannock…
- Make a Canada Day wreath, handprint flag, or Canadian beaver puppet. Meraki Lane has rounded up 25 Crazy Fun Canada Day Crafts for Kids to pick from.
- Print a free Canada Day coloring page from Coloring.WS
- Globe Trottin’ Kids offers a country research project that is a fun culminating activity for students to show what they discovered about Canada’s geography and culture. Following written directions, kids complete a variety activities related to maps, the flag, currency, important people, food, sports, and more! Makes a great artifact to share and keep!