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Canada Day 2015

When is Canada Day 2015 and How is it Celebrated?


Fireworks on Canada Day reflection on Rideau Canal
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When is Canada Day 2015?

Canada Day 2015 is Wednesday, July 1st. This day is a statutory holiday, meaning employees are entitled to a day off with pay (unless otherwise regulated, read more.

Celebrations such as fireworks or parades will generally be held on this day.

Canada Day Overview

Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st across the country. July 1st marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada - that's the technical explanation, but Canada Day also means fireworks and the year's biggest national party. The Canada Day holiday is akin to the U.S. July 4th celebration but on a more Canadian scale.

What To Expect on Canada Day

Schools, banks, government offices and many other stores and businesses are closed on July 1st (or July 2nd if the 1st falls on a Sunday). Most tourist destinations, including shopping malls will stay open. Some stores will have holiday hours. Call ahead to restaurants, stores and tourist attractions to confirm Canada Day hours. See more about what's open and closed on Canada Day.

Typically, Canada Day celebrations include parades, fireworks, barbecues and other get-togethers. Get the complete Canada Day Checklist, including lyrics to O Canada in French and English.

Check local tourist sites or the Government of Canada list of Canada Day celebrations.

Canada Day in Quebec

In Quebec, Canada Day is not celebrated as fervently as in the rest of the country. Federal offices, schools, banks are closed but many people in Quebec look at July 1st as "moving day," as this date has been historically the end of lease agreements.

Canada Day Dates

Thursday, July 1, 2010 (many people will also take Friday, July 2, as a holiday as well)
Friday, July 1, 2011
Sunday, July 1, 2012, but the stat holiday is on Monday, July 2, 2012
Monday, July 1, 2013
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

See a listing of public holidays in Canada.

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