What is Canada Day?

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Do you feel like going to a party, seeing some fireworks, or having fun with your neighbours? Canada Day is a national holiday that commemorates the day that Canada became a country on July 1, 1867. Every July 1st Canadians around the world wear red and white and participate in local events that allow them to take pride in and celebrate their country.

What is Canada Day?


On July 1, 1867 4 different regions (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick) united together to form the country of Canada in an act of confederation. Although it was still a British colony, Canada became more independent on this day, having more say in political affairs. It wasn’t until 1982 that Canada became officially and completely independent from Britain. The provinces in Western Canada joined Canada later (Alberta joined in 1905).

Celebrations in Calgary

The following is a list of locations in the city of Calgary that typically have Canada Day events on July 1st of every year. Events vary from year-to-year, but you can expect everything from face painting and dance performances, to concerts and fireworks:

CIES also made an article on celebrating Canada Day 2018. Check it out here.

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Thanks to Michelle Macdonald for help with this guide. If you want to suggest a correction to this guide, or want to submit one of your own, please contact us.

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