History of Canada Day Celebrations

Canada every year celebrates its birthday on July 1st which was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day.What we know as Canada Day formerly was known as “Dominion Day, other names were used as the First of July, Confederation Day and July the First. Canada Day marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867, the basis of Canada’s celebration is founded on the formation of a self-governing dominion of Great Britain (under Queen Victoria) and the union of four provinces (joining Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province -now Ontario and Quebec- into a single country). While Dominion Day became a statutory holiday, there is no record of organized ceremonies after this first anniversary, except for the 50th and 60th anniversaries, in 1917 and 1927 respectively. After the second Great War, Dominion Day became celebrated with greater frequency and interest. And until 1946 the First World War in Europe a construction of a memorial to the valour of Canadians fighting in War in Europe was held. Canada Day” wasn’t officially adopted until July 1, 1983, till On October 27, 1982, and was known as “Dominion Day” Over the past years and still today, Canada Day is an event celebrated by millions of Canadians from one ocean to the next as the corporate sponsors and federal partners have contributed to the financing of Canada Day activities.

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