Canada Day is a national holiday in Canada and is celebrated by Canadians across the country. Want to know some interesting Canada Day facts for kids? We’ve got them here.
Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st each year and it commemorates the anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867. With this it, the separate colonies of the Province of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia were combined into a single Dominion which we now know as Canada.
Here are some engaging Canada Day facts for kids.
Canada Day Facts for Kids
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1. Canada Day is often referred to informally as Canada’s birthday.
2. Canada Day can happen on July 2. If July 1 falls on a Sunday, July 2 becomes a statutory holiday.
3. Canada Day was originally known as Dominion Day. This was enacted by a federal law in 1879.
4. In 1946, there was an attempt to change the of Dominion Day to Canada Day in parliament by Antoine-Philéas Côté, a Liberal party and Independent Liberal member. While it passed through the House of Commons, it was stalled at the Senate. The Senate recommended that it be called The National Holiday of Canada. This effectively stopped the renaming.
5. The holiday’s name was only officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.
More Canada Day Facts for Kids
6. Canada Day is celebrated across Canada with parades, carnivals, festivals and barbecues.
7. Canada Day is not without its controversies because of the way that that different groups have been treated in the past. This has led some to call for Canada Day to be a day of reflection.
8. When it was known as Dominion Day, many Canadians did not bother to celebrate it because they still viewed themselves as British.
9. The British Royals have visited Canada on numerous occasions in the past to celebrate Canada Day.
10. The Canadian national anthem “O Canada” is often sung on Canada Day. It become the official national anthem of Canada on Canada Day in 1980.