The purpose was to celebrate the country’s confederation, which happened in 1867.
Until that time, many Canadians still considered themselves British citizens.
It was changed in 1982, although not everyone was a fan and some felt it was “historically ignorant.” It was changed under murky circumstances, after about five minutes of debate when only 12 MPs were present in the House of Commons.
The prime minister at the time, John Diefenbaker, wanted to celebrate Canada’s British heritage. It wasn’t until later years that Canada’s Francophone and Aboriginal history became an integral part of the party.
We suspect that fireworks weren’t the only colourful display Canadians were watching those nights.
In 2016, 44 citizenship ceremonies will be held across the country.
Much like renewing wedding vows, many Canadians opt to use the July 1st holiday to reaffirm their love for our country.
However, it’s been the de facto national song since 1939.
Attendees are treated to Canadian classics imported just for the party, including Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel beer, Clamato juice (for Caesars, of course), and beaver tails.
In the province, July 1 is also Memorial Day and the two days are celebrated concurrently.
More of a tradition than a legal requirement, this is the date when many one-year fixed term leases end in the province. Since thousands of Quebecois still honour the tradition, moving day services have to be reserved up to six months in advance.
The latter was born during the particular auspicious year of Canada’s Centennial, in 1967.
While Canada Day is one of the rare occasions that most cities and towns across Canada allow fireworks, you may still need a permit.
In 2013, the Canadian government spent $6 million on celebrations across the country. Meanwhile, in 2016, they launched a $30,000 survey to evaluate Canadian’s satisfaction with the capital’s celebrations in the capital. It looks like the money was well spent—most survey respondents were “satisfied” with the celebrations.
While you may think that you know everything that you need to about Canada Day—namely, that it’s a great excuse for another long weekend at the cottage—there’s still plenty to learn about our country’s birthday.