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 (today called the Constitution Act), which united three British colonies into a single country, called Canada, within the British Empire.
Originally called Dominion Day, the name was changed in 1982, the year that Canada gained full independence from the United Kingdom. Yes, 1982. We were not fully officially independent until the 80s... and we still have the royals on our money and spend millions to fund their travel and their people here.
The upside of Canada Day? We think a bit more about our country (okay, maybe). We get the day off from work, and parties and parades are held all over the place. We are going to friends' annual Canada Day picnic-style party at their condo overlooking the river and the city's fireworks display, where we will eat too much, drink too much, talk too much, and have a very fine evening.
So yes it is Canada Day.... and most importantly, it's a summertime long weekend here in the great white north... Happy Canada Day!