Canada Day, frequently referred to as the Canada’s Birthday, is the national day of Canada. It is celebrated on July 1, as the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act 1867, also called the Constitution Act 1867.This act united the three colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. It was originally called as the Dominion Day but it was renamed as the Canada Day in 1982.There was no holiday until 1879 when it was designated as the Dominion Day. There were also no official celebrations until 1917 and it was celebrated by local communities.
It was previously celebrated with the ringing of the bells of Cathedral Church of St. James only in Toronto and after that other celebrations were done. But now it is celebrated across the country. The celebrations include mostly the outdoor events like fireworks, carnivals, parades, barbecues, musical concerts and air and maritime shows etc. People celebrate this day by going to the fairs, carnivals and picnics. The national capital, Ottawa is the center of these celebrations. Large concerts and cultural displays are held on Parliament Hill. The Governor General, the Prime Minister and some members of the Royal Family attend the celebrations occurring at Parliament Hill.
Canada Day is also celebrated internationally by the Canadian expatriates. This Day’s celebrations are held by the Canadian Community and the Canadian High Commission in other countries like England, Hong Kong, Afghanistan etc.
Here are some pictures of the Dominion Day’s Celebration. These pictures clearly show the patriotism and zest of the Canadian Nation. Have a look at these: