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a Canadian national holiday celebrated on July 1, in commemoration of the formation of the Dominion on July 1, 1867.
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Formerly Dominion Day.
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What is Canada Day?

Canada Day is a Canadian national holiday that commemorates the day in 1867 when Canada’s three provinces were united into a dominion of the British Empire (formally called the Dominion of Canada).

The three provinces were Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (which was divided into Ontario and Quebec).

Canada was the first British colony to receive dominion status. This meant that it gained some power of self-government within the British Empire. The day is often celebrated as the first step toward full independence (and is sometimes referred to as Canada’s Birthday for this reason).

The holiday is often celebrated with patriotic events like parades.

Canada Day was formerly known as Dominion Day.

When is Canada Day?

Canada Day takes place every year on July 1.

More information and context on Canada Day

Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of July 1, 1867. On this date, the provinces of Canada were joined into one country by the Constitution Act. The anniversary of the day was first celebrated in 1879, when it was called Dominion Day. It was officially renamed Canada Day in 1982, the year Canada became fully independent from Britain.

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How is Canada Day discussed in real life?

Canada Day is a patriotic holiday. Some Canadians choose not to celebrate it due to the history of injustices toward Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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British Dictionary definitions for Canada Day

Canada Day

(in Canada) July 1, the anniversary of the day in 1867 when Canada became the first British colony to receive dominion status: a bank holidayFormer name: Dominion Day
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