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Mural Painted by Children for Canada Day - © corbis


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Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st. If it falls on a Sunday, the next day is considered a legal holiday. Canada Day is a statutory holiday throughout Canada. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Day is also known as Memorial Day.

Canada Day was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. It is a commemoration of the day in 1867 that the first colonies of British North America entered Confederation as the Dominion of Canada.

Other names used in the past for Canada Day include: First of July, July the First, Confederation Day, and Dominion Day. On October 27, 1982, July 1st, then known as "Dominion Day", was decreed by Parliament to be known as "Canada Day".

Canada Day is celebrated with barbecues, parades, music, and of course fireworks in the evening.



O Canada

Composed by Calixa Lavallée in 1880

Performance by the Royal Canadian Artillery Band

Proclaimed Canada's National Anthem on July 1, 1980

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.








Background of Canada Day - Information on Canada Day presented by the Government of Canada Department of Canadian Heritage


Celebrate Canada! - an eleven-day celebration sponsored by the Government of Canada Department of Canadian Heritage.

Take advantage of Celebrate Canada! activities to get together in your communities, to discover and appreciate the wealth and diversity of Canadian society, and show your love of Canada and your pride in being Canadian!


Canada Day Poster Challenge - Each year, students 18 years of age and under are invited to take part in the Canada Day Poster Challenge by designing a poster that illustrates their pride in Canada and in being Canadian. The winning entry becomes the official poster of Celebrate Canada!




O Canada (The Royal Canadian Artillery Band - 1:48/1.1MB)


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