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Since “Canada Day” is a federal statutory holiday, it’s celebrated throughout Canada with full fervour in recognition of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North Americas Act (also known as the Constitution Act, 1867). This day also marks the anniversary of the officially proclaimed “O Canada” as national anthem. Sir John A. Macdonald became the first Prime Minister of Canada on that day. Not only was he a ‘father of confederation,’ but he also drafted two-thirds of the provisions of the British North America Act (BNA) creating the ‘Dominion of Canada.’ As a result, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain. The four provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. But now Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories.
Canadian national holiday was enacted in 1879 under the name “Dominion Day.” The Canadian founders of confederation were the representatives of the British North America colonies who attended the three major conferences on Canadian confederation. In fact, the formation of the union of provinces under a new country is the basis of Canada’s July 1 celebration each year.
Furthermore, on October 27, 1982, the 'Dominion Day' had changed into 'Canada Day.' In 1985 each area had created a committee to conduct their own celebration for Canada Day:
The Royal anthem plays 'God Save The Queen' at some festive locations celebrating Canada Day. The official lyrics "O Canada" were finalized in 1968 by a special joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons.
As usual, the necessary arrangements for celebration of Canada Day appear to be finalised, and Ottawa is ready to welcome Canadians from all across Canada who are on their way to the Capitol to join the festivities on the special occasion.
Hundreds of thousands of people visit Ottawa Parliament Hill, Major's Hill Park, Jacques-Cartier Park, and other locations in the surrounding areas to celebrate Canada Day. While most of the communities across the country also host the parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts.
The festivities on Parliament Hill in Ottawa usually start around noon on Canada Day and carry on well into the evening. The National Capital Commission provides a Web cam as well to watch the crowd all day long. This year Canada Day's main sites are Parliament Hill, Major's Hill Park, Jacques-Cartier Park, and Confederation Park and the following events are scheduled: Carillon Concert-9 am, Flag Raising Ceremony-9:30 am, Changing of the Guard Ceremony-10 am. Canada Day Noon Show (Broadcast Live)-Noon to 1:30 pm.
The Canada Day Noon Show combines ceremony and the arts. The event begins with the inspection of the guard and the "21-Gun Salute" followed by cultural performances and speeches by dignitaries. Various Street Performers-2 pm to 5 pm. Canada Day Evening Show (Broadcast Live)-7:30 pm to 10 pm. The Evening Show includes a variety of performances by Canadian artists.
Hopefully, by 10 pm - the celebrations would reach a 'GRAND FINALE' with fireworks as scheduled:
In Western Canada the largest Canada Day celebrations will take place at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Surrey. The event is free to the public and gates open at 10 am with the fireworks lighting up the sky at 10:15 pm.
It’s important to celebrate the heritage passed down to us through the works of unbiased media, authors, poets, artists and performers. It is a time to rejoice in the discoveries of our scientific researchers, in the success of our entrepreneurs, and to commemorate our history - a history in which each new chapter reveals itself to be more fascinating than the previous one indeed.
The Canadian public spend time staying outdoors with family & friends enjoying BBQ parties and the fireworks all over the country. All are free to enjoy concerts, picnics, fireworks, street performances and other activities.
Let’s remember, the multicultural society has contributed a lot to beautify Canada. The dedicated immigrants have been sincerely endeavouring to establish “the needed understanding” among the people of various ethnic cultures despite challenges relating to language barrier, religious practice, political or social opinion etc.
Regardless of insurmountable difficulty, a tolerance level among this type of society members is a real blessing, as it has been playing big role in promoting diversity in schools, work places, businesses and academic institutions. Of course, the credit goes to millions of motivated immigrants who kept building this nation to make Canada a good looking country to live with peace. Constitutionally, the Canadian society enjoys equal rights, opportunities regardless of their ethnicity, race, creed or color.
Since the Canadian history reflects the wonderful diverse cultural races in the country, the importance of celebrating CANADA DAY means a lot.
Hence, on this day in particular, all communities must come closer to each other to bridge the gaps. It’s an opportunity for the communities to get together from coast to coast and to celebrate while sharing the pleasant commonalities.
Also, it’s an opportunity to celebrate all achievements as Canada Day resembles peace to many Canadians.
Most importantly, as Canadians are taking extra day off to make the Canada Day long weekend a 4 day holiday, it’s essential for everyone to maintain a safe environment so that everyone can celebrate “Nation’s Birthday” in a safe and enjoyable way.