Every year on July 1, the federal statutory holiday of Canada as the nation of Canada in the North American continent became a free province on July 1, 1867.
It is a day that essentially celebrates the anniversary of the effective date of the Constitution Act, 1867. The day is also known as Dominion Day since it commemorates the dominion status of the nation.
The day is a happy occasion for all the Canadians and they bring in the day with joy and celebrations. The celebration takes place all over the country and Canadians living abroad make it a time to visit and be part of the celebratory holiday.
On Canada Day 2019, let us know the history and significance of the day
History and Significance of Canada Day
Canada achieved a self-governing dominion status on July 1. Three colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were unified into a single dominion within the British Empire under the British North Americas Act. Its boundaries were extended since 1867 and today it has 10 provinces and three territories.
By the terms of the Canada Act of 1982, the British North America Act was repatriated from the British to the Canadian Parliament and it fully became an independent country.
Until the 50th anniversary in 1917, no celebration of the day was held. After World War II, there was an increased enthusiasm about Dominion Day and more events were organized by the government itself.
The celebration became popular after the centenary of the confederation in 1967 and since 1983, the day was termed as Canada Day.
Celebration of Canada Day
If Canada Day falls on Sunday then it is observed the next day. A range of events is organized in several towns and cities. An annual parade is held which witnessed large participation of people gathering in a patriotic mood. They paint their faces in the color of the flag. The celebration differs in different provinces but it is essentially a day to enjoy the tradition.
People also plan a family get together or even go on short picnics since it is a public holiday. They also wish other a Happy Canada day as they look back into the history of their nation.