Dominion Day

Dominion Day Quick Facts

2021 DateJuly 1, 2021
2022 DateJuly 1, 2022
Dominion Day

Dominion Day History

Dominion Day seeks to celebrate the unification and formation of Canada in 1867. The three colonies, the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, were united into a single dominion with the passing of the British North America Act. Now known as the Constitution Act of 1867, this act laid the foundation for the government of Canada. It defined its federal structure and was a major part of Canada’s constitution. This act also led to the appointment of John A. Macdonald as the first Prime Minister of Canada.

Dominion Day was established in 1879 and renamed Canada Day in 1982. This day is typically celebrated with parades, festivals and ceremonies depending on the province. It is observed annually on July 1st.

Dominion Day Facts

  • According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, the first federally sponsored Dominion Day activities were held 1 July, 1927. The main event of the day was a simulcast radio broadcast that featured an address by the Prime Minister. This was also the first use of the simultaneous radio broadcast in Canada.
  • In the 1960s the Canadian government made efforts to embrace the multiculturalism of Canada. They featured many performances from the different ethno-cultural communities across Canada. There were Québec-based performers and ones from other parts of the country. People from the First Nations also had performances representative of their indigenous culture.
  • On July 1, 1980, O Canada was named the official national anthem.

Dominion Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Celebrate with friends and family. Today a wide array of activities including bonfires, picnics, sporting events, parades, and pageants are held. Events and celebrations are held both at local and municipal level so find one near you.
  • Watch the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) Musical Ride. This demonstrative event consists of a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. It serves as a theatrical fundraiser for local charities and non-profits while showcasing the public a piece of RCMP heritage and tradition.

  • Watch 2019's Dominion Day celebrations. Since 2020's festivities were canceled due to Covid-19, remember the fun and excitement that is Dominion Day as the world works to overcome the pandemic.

Dominion Day References and Related Sites

www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca: Dominion Day

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