July 1 is Canada Day.
On July 1, 1867, the United States northern neighbor, Canada, remembers the day when the British North America Act stated that Canada would become an independent dominion of England. The Act combined the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (which eventually was split into Ontario and Quebec) into one country. From 1879 to 1981, the event was called Dominion Day (some called it Confederation Day). In 1982 the name was changed to Canada Day.
Canada has a federal Holidays Act which states that if Canada Day, July 1, falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on July 2. This leaves Sunday as a religious day.
On July 1 each year, Canadians (if they live in Canada or not) express personal pride for their country. It is a day Canadians celebrate their nation’s history, culture, and achievements. If they are fortunate to be in Canada on that day, every community will have one or more ways to celebrate. Communities have parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air shows, boat shows, fireworks, and musical concerts. Like all celebrations, there will be a large selection of food and drink; there will be something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Since Canada supplies about 80 percent of the world with maple syrup, people can find “something maple” in a variety of dishes. Maple syrup candy is a “purchase must.” The maple leaf, which is on the Canadian flag, is associated with Canada by people in countries over the world. On Canada Day people will find a large range of items with the maple leaf on them to purchase. Canadians living in Hong Kong, Mexico, China, and even the Canadian forces in Afghanistan gather together to celebrate their Canadian patriotism.
This is one day Canadians proudly wear their countries colors of red and white; there will be a lot of red and white plaid and flannel. Children, and some adults, will cover their face with white face paint and strategically place a red maple leaf (sizes vary) somewhere on their face. Many will have temporary maple leaf tattoos on their arms and ankles.
Since fireworks are illegal except on certain holidays, firework programs are an anxiously anticipated part of Canada Day activities. For safety reasons, it is encouraged people who want to see fireworks attend one of the many community displays. Individuals wanting to set off their own fireworks must abide by the regulations for their province and city. A number of types of fireworks are illegal (Roman candles, star wheels, cherry bombs) and in certain areas fireworks cannot be set off.
Canada Day will be celebrated on Monday, July 1, 2019. It might be fun to celebrate Canada Day and then travel across the border to one of the northern states in the USA and celebrate Independence Day on Thursday, July 4. People can just add some blue to their Canada Day outfit of red and white. Why not make it a patriotic week!
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