Governed directly from the UK for centuries, Canada (in its own indomitable fashion) quietly and patiently gained full independence from Great Britain
over the years as it grew from British colony, to
member of the commonwealth, to full legislative independence
Each year on July 1st. Canada celebrates the establishment of separate government and
the historic beginning of Home Rule for Canada.
This year, Canada Day falls on Sunday, July 1, 2018 for a three-day weekend of celebrations as the formal holiday is celebrated on Monday, July 2.
DID YOU KNOW? Canada Day fun facts
Anderson and Akroyd: Canada Day babies.
• Famous Canadians Pamela Anderson and Dan Akroyd were both born on Canada Day.
• Canada Day and American Independence Day are both celebrated at Niagara Falls with a huge fireworks display on July 1, and again a few days later on July 4.
• The first nationwide television transmission in Canada happened on July 1, 1958. Also coinciding with Canada Day was when "O Canada" became the official national anthem on July 1, 1980. Today, citizenship ceremonies are also traditionally held each July 1.
• Even though Canadians move to other parts of the world, it doesn't stop them from hosting a good party! Hong Kong, for example, celebrates "Canada D'eh" each year on June 30, while Down Under one of the biggest Canada Day celebrations happens in Sydney, Australia on July 1.
Decorate with maple leaves and/or the Canadian flag colors of red and white. Then, pump up the volume on some of the most popular Canadian music artists such as Neil Young, the Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, and yes - Justin Bieber.
The most popular Canadian foods? Poutine, bacon and maple syrup! But in July, the easiest party menu would be simply to make like a Canadian - and head out to the backyard and fire up the grill. For party libations, remember that Labatt's and Molson's are the country's two biggest breweries and among the most recognized brands in Canada.
Keep kids happy with juice and soft drinks, and arrange for a Canada Day crafts table to keep them entertained.
For dessert, there's nothing better than celebrating with a homemade Canada
Day Flag Cake that's as easy to make as it is delicious.
Theme party: Proud to be Canadian - Check out more complete party ideas including invitations, decorating, food, drinks and menu planning, and suggested party activities.
Canada Day In Toronto - Fireworks, music and a long
list of special events are planned to mark the Canada Day
festivities in Toronto. Add a virtual tour of the city and
you have several excellent reasons to head over to this site.