On July 1, 2012
Canada will celebrate it's 145th year since Confederation.
Before 1982 Canada Day had been known as Dominion
Day, First of July, Confederation Day, and July the First.
celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British North
America Act created the Canadian federal government.
The BNA Act proclaimed
"one Dominion under the name of Canada," hence the original title of the
holiday, "Dominion Day."
Dominion Day was officially renamed "Canada Day"
by an Act of Parliament on October 27, 1982. This change reflected the policy of
successive governments to down play Canada's colonial origins.
national celebration is always observed on July 1, unless that date falls on a
Sunday, in which case it is observed the following day.
All Canadians are entitled to Canada Day off work - although some people have to work. (like Police, Fire and emergency service workers).
Canada Day is considered a Family Day with outings, picnics and celebrations of the birth of our nation. We wave flags, sing songs and enjoy the day!