Happy Birthday USA & Canada!

From coast to coast across North America there will be parades, picnic, concerts and fireworks celebrating Canada Day on July 1 and Independence Day on July 4.

FlagsUSCanadaIt’s birthday time for the neighbors!

Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances of this 150th birthday will take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.

In both countries a large percentage of the population gets the nation’s birthday off and many retailers, government offices, libraries, schools and services shut down.

Celebrations such as fireworks or parades will generally be held on this day. In major cities across the continent celebrations begin early in the day and continue into the evening, with concerts, games and other festivities.

Happy Birthday Canada & USA

It’s birthday week in North America.

July42015ACanada Day, celebrating the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867, will be observed by Canadians around the world on Wednesday, July 1. And on Saturday, July 4, Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence issued in 1776 which led to the separation of the original 13 American colonies from England.

Canada Day was known as Dominion Day until it was renamed in 1982. The Constitution Act, originally known as the British North America Act, united Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. The Province of Canada was split into Ontario and Quebec in the process.

canadadayCanada became a kingdom in its own right on July 1, 1867, though the British parliament and cabinet kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.

Most communities across the United States and Canada will celebrate the national birthdays with public events such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts.