Canada Day – a Time to celebrate

The National Day of Canada is observed as a statutory holiday on July 1st.

This post has nothing to with clock collecting or repair but why not take the time to celebrate Canada’s 155th birthday.

How it started

On June 20th 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck, called upon all Her Majesty’s loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st 1867, with the passing of the British North American Act of 1867. This was when four colonies united.

Photo by Erik Mclean on, showing the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill

The July 1st holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name “Dominion Day”.

It was not until 1917 that larger scale and more extravagant celebrations commenced. Remember this was during the war years (WWI) when Canada needed an event to lift it from the stresses of overseas conflict.

Since 1958, the government has arranged for an annual observance of Canada’s national day. The format provided for a Trooping the Colours ceremony, by the Ceremonial Guard on the lawn of Parliament Hill in the afternoon, a sunset ceremony in the evening followed by a mass band concert and fireworks display.

The format changed in 1968 with the addition of multicultural and professional concerts.

In 1981 celebrations with the addition of fireworks displays were held in 15 major cities across the nation.

On October 27th 1982, the year Canada’s Constitution was repatriated from Britain, July 1st which was known as “Dominion Day” became “Canada Day”.

Other than the interruption caused by the Pandemic the ceremony on the Hill has been held every year since 1958.

Happy Canada Day everyone and all the best to those of you who celebrate your country’s independence day.

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