Canada Day is a national holiday in Canada celebrating the Constitution Act of 1867 which combined the 3 separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.
Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. The Canada Act is an act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which ended the power of the British Parliament to amend the Constitution of Canada. It also formally ended the British Parliaments ability to pass laws extending to Canada.
Canada Day is often informally referred to as “Canada’s Birthday”, however the term birthday is an oversimplification as Canada day is an anniversary of only one important milestone on the way to full independence.
Canada Day is celebrated similarly to Independence Day in the United States, with parades, face painting flag waving and even fireworks.
Today take a moment to reach out to your Canadian friends and co-workers, (there are a lot of them) and wish them a Happy Canada Day! Or even better, use this as a good excuse to celebrate yourself.