Quebec's National Day (QC)

Quebec's National Day Quick Facts

2021 DateJune 24, 2021
2022 DateJune 24, 2022
Quebec's National Day (QC)

Quebec's National Day History

Quebec’s National Day is a statutory holiday that celebrates French Canadians as well as the birth of St John the Baptist. This day combines religious celebration with Canadian nationalism and culture. Celebrations typically include parades, concerts, and fireworks.

Quebec’s National Day was established in 1834 by editor Ludger Duvernay as a national holiday for French Canadians. It was officially recognized by the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in 1925. It is observed annually on June 24th.

Quebec's National Day Facts

  • According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Quebec’s National Day originated from celebrations of the summer solstice. It was started as an ancient pagan tradition in which fires were lit to celebrate light on the longest day of the year. The Roman Catholic church adapted the holiday in France and associated it to John the Baptist.
  • The national anthem O Canada was heard for the first time in 1880 during Quebec’s National Day celebrations in Québec City.
  • Québec adopted their official flag on 21 January, 1948. Called the Fleurdelisé, it consists of a white cross on a blue background.

Quebec's National Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend a concert, a parade, or watch some fireworks. Many celebrations occur on this day. Some people also host picnics, bonfires, and barbecues.
  • Celebrate with the colors of Quebec, blue and white. Many people will dress in blue and white clothing at celebrations on this day. They may also wave the flag of Quebec which is also blue and white.
  • Watch 2019's parade and celebrations. Since 2020's festivities were canceled due to Covid-19, remember the fun and excitement that is Quebec's National Day as the world works to overcome the pandemic.

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