CANADA Day sees people across the North America and the world come together to mark the country’s formation on July 1, 1867.
Here’s everything you need to know about the national holiday, which is celebrated today.
What is Canada Day?
Canada Day is the national day of Canada and marks the anniversary of the day the country’s three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united.
They came together to form one single Dominion that was part of the British Empire and is now a member of the Commonwealth.
The celebration is often referred to as Canada’s birthday and sees Canadians celebrate both at home and around the world.
Meanwhile others refer to the holiday as Dominion Day or by the French phrase Le Jour de la Confederation.
How is Canada Day celebrated?
Towns and cities across Canada all organise huge celebrations for Canada Day, which include parades, festivals, fireworks displays and concerts.
The Canadian capital Ottawa also hosts a huge celebration on Parliament Hill, which is often attended by the Prime Minister and sometimes a member of the Royal Family.
In 2017 Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall travelled to the country to celebrate the holiday.
However, there is no set tradition on how the day should be marked, and Canadians celebrate in any way they like.
Is Canada Day like the 4th of July?
Similar to how the Fourth of July celebrates American Independence, Canada Day is a celebration of a united Canada and it’s journey towards independence.
On Canada Day, the national flag flies high above the country.
Citizens typically celebrate with concerts, fireworks and displays.
Any similarity to the Fourth of July is the focus on national food – celebrations often include traditional Canadian recipes or foods like pancakes or maple syrup.