For those of us who live south of the Canadian border, July 1st is just another average day of the week. We’re busy counting down the days until the 4th when we celebrate America’s Independence Day, where we will gather with friends at parties, enjoy barbecue, and watch some amazing firework shows. But for Canadians, July 1st is more than just an average day of the week. July 1st is Canada Day. But what exactly is Canada Day?
On July 1st, 1867, Canada was officially born when the British North America Act, now known as the Constitution Act, united three colonies into a single country. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the United Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) entered into dominion with the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was officially renamed in October 1982, the year the Canada Act was enacted.
One of the main differences between Canada and United States was our alliance with England. While the United States broke away from England on July 4th, 1776, Canada wasn’t completely independent of England. Between the years of 1867 and 1982, limited rights and political control over Canada were held by the British parliament and cabinet. The last remnants of this jurisdiction were relinquished in 1982, when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.
From British Columbia to Newfoundland, Quebec to the Yukon, Canada Day is referred to as “Canada’s Birthday.” The day Canada became a nation. Canadians will celebrate with parades, festivals, barbecues, music, and fireworks. Sounds very familiar.
Patriot Wood is located just 40 miles south of Vancouver BC. We currently offer handcrafted wooden versions of the Canadian Flag and the Flag of Quebec. If you would like us to build another Canadian province wood flag for you, let us know via our Custom Order page.