When is Canada Day 2012?Canada Day 2012 is Sunday, July 1st. However, because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, the stat holiday (the day that employees get a day off with pay) is Monday, July 2, 2012.
Celebrations such as fireworks or parades will still be held on the Canada Day Sunday.
Canada Day OverviewCanada 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 DaySchools, 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 QuebecIn 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 DatesThursday, 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.