Canada Day History (VIDEO)

July 1st, was the anniversary of my wonderful country, Canada. I know I am a bit late since I wanted to post my article before the actual holiday, but I decided to do it anyway and write about my beloved country.

This year, Canada has turned 146 years old and as usual, fireworks, BBQs, parades and concerts with lots of great singers were among the traditions observed all over the country. Canadians love to celebrate and what better excuse to party than celebrating the day Canada became independent from the British rule.

On June 20, 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck, appealed to all Her Majesty’s loving subjects all across Canada to celebrate the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces:  Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec), in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st. This was the birth of the Dominion of Canada.

In 1879, our national holiday was established by law under the name Dominion Day and this name stayed valid until 1982 when it was officially renamed Canada Day. On April 17, 1982, under Trudeau administration, the Constitution Act, 1982, made Canada an utterly independent nation.

Has I said earlier, Canadians love to party, but they took quite some time to begin to celebrate Canada Day, as many of them stayed loyal to Queen Victoria by celebrating Victoria Day, the Queen’s birthday on May 24th. It was only in 1917, the 50th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, that the first organized celebration of Canada Day occurred.

But celebrating this national holiday is now very popular among Canadians and we are extremely proud to commemorate each year our independence and our nationality.

You can watch below our famous astronaut, Chris Hadfield, as he shares his favorite Canada Day memory and why he loves his country.

So HAPPY CANADA DAY, fellow Canadians!

Photo credit: Ian Muttoo/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA

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