What Is Canada Day and How Do You Celebrate It?

(Last Updated On: May 16, 2019)

Canada Day

What is Canada Day?

On July 1, 1867, the British North Americas Act joined together the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and created a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

Canadians were encouraged to celebrate this anniversary the following year, but there was no official commemoration until 1879, when Dominion Day was established. Many Canadians did not initially observe Dominion Day however. Most people still considered themselves to be British citizens and not necessarily ‘under dominion’ of Britain.

Gradually though, the holiday began to catch on. Larger celebrations popped up around the 50th anniversary of the date in 1917. Aided by an increase in patriotism and Canadian nationalism, the holiday really began to take off by the 100th anniversary in 1967.

In 1982, Canada Day was adopted as the new name for the holiday, and since then, the celebrations have only continued to grow.

How do People Celebrate?

Canada Day is a national holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories in Canada. It is also a day off for most businesses.

Towns across the country will hold a wide range of events, many of which will be held outdoors. There will be parades and carnivals, concerts and other festivals, and even firework displays. Most celebrations will have a patriotic tone. People might wear red and white, and the Maple Leaf flag will be flown proudly throughout the country.

The cool thing about Canada Day is that there is really no blueprint on how to observe it. With so many activities, people can really celebrate any way they want. Sounds like a pretty fun holiday, eh?

Want to celebrate Canada Day on Sporcle? Here are 5 Canada-themed quizzes to help get you in the Canadian spirit.

1. We’ll start with the basics. Can you name the Canadian Provinces?

2. Once you have those down, see just how well you know the Canadian National Anthem by playing O Canada Lyrics.

3. It’s no secret that Canadians love their hockey. Can you name all 7 NHL Teams of Canada?

4. Think you know Canadian cities well? See if you can name the most populous metro areas in Canada by playing Canada Populous Metros.

5. Finally, see how much you really know about Canada by answering these general knowledge questions in The Canada Quiz

How did you do? If you got over 50% on each of those quizzes, congratulations! You just earned the Blame Canada badge. Nicely done!

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Mark Heald is the Managing Editor of Sporcle.com. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and bemoaning the fact the Sonics left Seattle.