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Canada Day Celebration

Canada Day Celebration




Canada Day is the national Day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day the name was changed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.

Frequently referred to as "Canada's birthday", the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, NewBrunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a country in its own right on that date, but the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.

Under the federal Holidays Act, Canada Day is observed on July 1 unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case July 2 is the statutory holiday, although celebratory events generally take place on July 1 even though it is not the legal holiday. If it falls on a Saturday, any businesses normally closed that day will generally dedicate the following Monday as a day off. (this is why Canadians invented the oh so useful question, Eh?...basically, we are not really positive about when we get a day off, but we are pretty positive that we do get a day off and that there will be a parade).

Harrison's fireworks are spectacular. Colors and designs explode above the reflecting water between the surrounding mountains, and the blasts echo in a ripple effect from one mountain range to the next. Here we have no bad views, bring your lawn chair and don't forget your coffee or hot chocolate as we celebrate Canada Day in Harrison Hot Springs.


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