Celebrations from coast to coast
Even though Ottawa, our nation’s capital, is the hub of the Canada Day festivities, Canadians right across the country will be celebrating their pride in this beautiful country of ours.
In Ottawa, celebrations will start at 9 a.m. on the morning of July 1st, culminating at 10 p. m. with a breathtaking firework display on Parliament Hill. Throughout the day, entertaining buskers, music concerts and outdoor vendors will help to create a festive atmosphere at various sites in downtown Ottawa. Elsewhere in the country, the celebrations will take on many different forms, reflecting the diversity which is Canada.
Canadians have been celebrating the creation of their country for many years now. It was in 1868 that a proclamation urged all of Her Majesty’s subjects to celebrate Confederation. In 1879 a Federal law was passed making July 1st a public holiday. Special celebrations were held for the 50th anniversary of Confederation in 1917 and for the 60th anniversary in 1927. Since 1958, a little more than 50 years ago, the Canadian government has organized the yearly Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Moreover, since 1980, a national committee has given financial support to local festivities across the country. In 1985, Canada Day committees were established in every province and territory and are supported financially by Canadian Heritage.
Contact the Canadian Heritage Regional Office in your province or territory for more information concerning Celebrate Canada activities taking place where you live, or visit their Web site at www. pch. gc. ca.