21823Off Topic - Happy Dominion Day, Fellow Canucks!
- Jul 1, 2004From: "Matthew James Didier" <warof1812@...>
Just a quick note to say Happy Dominion Day to my fellow snow-bound friends
on the list! Please raise your mug ... to The Dominion of Canada! 137 years
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For those on the list not from the Great White North
On June 20, 1868, a proclamation signed by the Governor General, Lord Monck,
called upon all Her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in
the celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the
British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on
The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name
There is no record of organized ceremonies after this first anniversary,
except for the 50th anniversary of Confederation in 1917, at which time the
new Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, under construction, was
dedicated as a memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and to the valour of
Canadians fighting in the First World War in Europe.
The next celebration was held in 1927 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of
Confederation. It was highlighted by the laying of the cornerstone by the
Governor General of the Confederation Building on Wellington Street and the
inauguration of the Carillon in the Peace Tower.
Since 1958, the government has arranged for an annual observance of Canada's
national day with the Secretary of State of Canada in charge of the
coordination. The format provided for a Trooping the Colours ceremony on the
lawn of Parliament Hill in the afternoon, a sunset ceremony in the evening
followed by a mass band concert and fireworks display.
Another highlight was Canada's Centennial in 1967 when Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II attended the celebrations with Parliament Hill again being the
backdrop for a large scale official ceremony.
The format changed in 1968 with the addition of multicultural and
professional concerts held on Parliament Hill including a nationally
televised show. Up until 1975, the focus of the celebrations, under the name
"Festival Canada", was held in the National Capital Region during the whole
month of July and involved numerous cultural, artistic and sport activities,
as well as municipalities and voluntary organizations. The celebration was
cancelled in 1976 but was reactivated in 1977.
A new formula was developed in 1980 whereby the National Committee (the
federal government organization charged with planning Canada's Birthday
celebrations) stressed and sponsored the development of local celebrations
all across Canada. "Seed money" was distributed to promote popular and
amateur activities organized by volunteer groups in hundreds of local
communities. The same approach was also followed for the 1981 celebrations
with the addition of fireworks displays in 15 major cities across the
On October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as "Dominion Day" became
Since 1985, Canada Day Committees are established in each province and
territory to plan, organize and coordinate the Canada Day celebrations
locally. Grants are provided by the Department to those committees.
In a few days the 4th of July! The American Holiday !!
On July 4, 1776, Americans claimed their independence from England.
Happy Birthday, America!
Happy Birthday Canada!
North America PARTIES!
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