National Flag Day is February 16. On this day in 1965, the new Canadian maple leaf flag was raised over Parliament Hill for the first time.This date is celebrated but is not a holiday for workers.
Quebec National Day, also known as Saint Jean Baptiste Day, is celebrated on June 24. On this day, French Canadians honour their patron saint, Saint Jean-Baptiste (John the Baptist).The province observes this legal holiday, (Fête Nationale des Québécois), with solemn ceremonies followed by lively festivities and art and sporting events.
Every July in Collingwood, Ontario there is an “Elvis Festival” celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. Performers imitate Elvis and compete to win the title of “Festival Grand Champion.” There is a street party and vendors sell Elvis memorabilia.
Canada Day is July 1. Canada Day is a statutory holiday throughout Canada and is a celebration of the day in 1867 when the first colonies of British North America entered Confederation as the Dominion of Canada.
New Year’s Day is January 1. Celebrations begin on “New Year’s Eve.” People gather to wish each other a happy and prosperous coming year. People often party to celebrate the year past and the year ahead. Horns and other noisemakers are used at midnight to celebrate the “new year” and people often kiss, hug, and sing “Auld Lang Syne.”
In Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Day is known as Memorial Day and is observed on the Monday nearest July 1. It commemorates the death of Newfoundlanders in the Battle of Beaumont Hamel as part of the Battle of the Somme in World War I.