Canada Day 2017

When is Canada Day 2017 and How is it Celebrated?

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When is Canada Day 2017?

Canada Day 2017 is Saturday, July 1st. This day is a statutory holiday, meaning a large percentage of the population gets the day off and in turn, many retailers, government offices, libraries, schools and services shut down. Employees at most workplaces do not have to go to work but will still receive their regular pay (unless otherwise regulated.)

Celebrations such as fireworks or parades will generally be held on this day. In major cities outside of Quebec, like Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, celebrations begin early in the day and continue into the evening, with concerts, games, and other festivities. 

Ottawa in particular, as the national capital, puts on a really big show every July 1. In 2010, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the celebrations and in 2011, Prince William and his new bride, Kate Middleton, made their way to Ottawa for Canada's 144th birthday party.

In 2017, Canada turns it up a notch to honour its 150th anniversary. Parties across the country will be especially lively.

Canada Day Overview

Canada 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 comparable to the U.S. July 4th celebration but with slightly less hoopla and on a more "Canadian" scale.

What To Expect on Canada Day

Schools, 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 major 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. Many revellers wear red and white in honour of Canada's national colours. 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 Quebec

In 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 Dates

Thursday, 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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Saturday, July 1, 2017 (Canada's 150th anniversary)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Monday, July 1, 2019


See a listing of public holidays in Canada.