Canadian people do not celebrate Independence Day on July 4th with Americans. They celebrate on July 1st and the national holiday is known as Canada Day. In 1867, on the same day Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec came together and remaining provinces joined soon. It was the result of the British North America Act being enacted.
This day was given the statutory value as the anniversary of Confederation in 1879. Later it was designated as the Dominion Day. It officially became Canada Day on October 27th 1982.
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- Confederation was celebrated with the ringing of the bells at the Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto in 1867.
- The week following July 1st was proclaimed as the Canada History Week in 2013.
- The Chinese Immigration Act was enacted by the Canadian Government on July 1st 1923 to stop all immigrations from China.
- Official celebrations of this day are held at Parliament Hill and the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Canada was first permanently settled in 1604 by Europeans and it became a kingdom on the first Canada Day.
- In the year 2017, Canada has celebrated 150 years of its confederation.
- The country is influenced by both the United States and Britain. For example people weigh themselves in pounds and measure themselves in feet and inches.
- The country has two official languages which are English and French.
- A few countries and American states have expressed interest in becoming the 11th.