That may seem to be an odd title to some of you, but my Canadian friends celebrate Canada Day on July 1st just before we celebrate the Fourth of July down in the lower 48 as we were once called.
So, I thought rather than just writing about the US celebration I’d give a tip of the hat to my friends to the North.
Although Canada existed prior to 1867, within both the French and British empires, Canada Day is frequently referred to as “Canada’s birthday”, particularly in the popular press. This is a misnomer, as Canada Day is the anniversary of only one important national milestone on the way to the country’s full independence, namely the joining on July 1, 1867, of the colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada into a wider British federation of four provinces (the colony of Canada being divided into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec upon Confederation). Canada became a “kingdom in its own right” within the British Empire named the Dominion of Canada.[
My Canadian friends might chime in here and add their take on the Wikipedia report, which sounds like a happier and safer occasion than our Independence Day, when the Declaration of Independence was signed.