Canada Day 2011

The 1st July each year marks the national day of Canada or Canada Day. In French, the day is called la Fête du Canada.  This day celebrates the anniversary of the British North America Act (also more commonly known as the Constitution Act, 1867) when three British colonies were united to become one country, or what we know as Canada.

As the 1st July was such an historic date in the Canadian calendar it also became an important date for celebrations of other events such as the date when the first colour television transmission took place in Canada in 1966.

Celebrations and festivities of Canada Day in Canada are widespread and include public picnics, carnivals, festivals, parades, barbeques and concerts. Other countries where there are many Canadian expatriates, such as in the UK, USA and Mexico, have festivities which include fireworks, music concerts and other events.