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Canada Day
Canada Day
Children watch the Canada Day parade in Montreal
Also called /Fête du Canada/;
previously named Dominion Day
Observed by Canadians (Canada)
Type Historical, cultural, national
Date July 1
Celebrations Fireworks, parades, barbecues, concerts, carnivals, fairs,

*Canada Day* (French: /Fête du Canada/) is the national day of Canada, a
federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867,
enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the
Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country
called /Canada/ within the British Empire.^[1]^[2]^[3] Originally called
/Dominion Day/ (French: /Le Jour de la Confédération/), the holiday
was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day
observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians


· 1 Commemoration
· 2 Activities

· 2.1 International celebrations

· 3 History
· 4 See also
· 5 Notes
· 6 References
· 7 External links


Frequently referred to as "Canada's birthday", particularly in the popular
press,^[4]^[5]^[6] the occasion marks the joining of the British North
American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada
into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided,
in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a
kingdom in its own right on that date,^[n 1]^[8]^[9]^[10]^[11] but the
British parliament and Cabinet kept limited rights of political control
over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last
vestiges were surrendered in 1982, when the Constitution Act patriated the
Canadian constitution.^[n 2]

Under the federal Holidays Act,^[12] Canada Day is


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