History of Canada Day
Canada’s national holiday is celebrated on July 1st. Canadians across the country and around the world show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. It’s been a day of celebration, where many festivities are held across the country, since 1868.
The Creation of Canada Day
July 1st, 1867 : The British North America Act (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) created Canada. June 20, 1868 : Governor General Lord Monck signs a proclamation that requests all Her Majesty’s subjects across Canada to celebrate July 1st.
1879 : A federal law makes July 1st a statutory holiday as the “anniversary of Confederation,” which is later called “Dominion Day.” October 27, 1982 : July 1st, “Dominion Day” officially becomes Canada Day.