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July 1, Canada DayGoverned directly from the UK for centuries, Canada quietly and patiently -- in its very nice way -- gained full independence from Great Britain in 1982.

Each year on July 1st. Canada commemorates the establishment of a separate government and the historic beginning of Home Rule for Canada.

What better reason to party?

This year, Canada Day falls on Monday, July 1, 2024 which means most comapnies and retailers will be closed for a glorious three-day summer weekend!.

Canada Day party ideas

Canada Flag Cake
How to Make a
Canada Flag Cake

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. They include 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 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 beer brands.

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.

Have fun!

DID YOU KNOW? Canada Day fun facts

Anderson, Akroyd
Anderson and Akroyd: Canada Day babies.

• 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.

•"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 celebrates "Canada D'eh" each year on June 30. Down Under, one of the biggest Canada Day celebrations in the world takes place each July 1 in in Sydney, Australia.

also see in Holidays -> 4th of July

More about Canada Day around the Web:

Theme party: Proud to be Canadian - Check out more complete party ideas including invitations, decorating, food, drinks and menu planning, and suggested party activities.

Celebrate Canada Day In Toronto - Fireworks, music and a long list of special events are planned to mark the Canada Day festivities in Toronto. Add related travel resources and you have several excellent reasons to head over to this page.


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