Canada Day -When ? How Old ? Saturday CanadaDay Lineup Celebrations 2017

When is Canada day 2017

July 1st.

On July 1, 1867, it was just four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) that composed the new Dominion of Canada. The rest of the provinces and territories joined and were formed over time, Nunavut being the most recent, which officially separated from Northwest Territories in 1999.

How old is Canada in 2017

150th anniversary of Canada.

Canada Day is a celebration of Canadian nationalism, heritage and pride. Canada became self-governing on July 1st, 1867, with the passage of the British North America Act (BNA Act) in the British Parliament. The holiday was originally known as “Dominion Day”. It was changed to Canada Day by the Canadian Parliament on October 27, 1982.

If Canada day falls on a saturday

If New Year’s Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, or Boxing Day falls on a Sunday or Saturday that is a non-working day for an employee, the employee is entitled to a holiday with pay on the working day immediately preceding or following the general holiday.



All three official sites will be buzzing with excitement all day long and a large portion of the downtown core will be closed off to motor vehicles. It’s a humongous street party for you to explore! Here’s just some of what can be expected:

Parliament Hill

This year’s programming on Parliament Hill differs slightly from other years. Here’s an outline of what’s planned on Parliament Hill and in the surrounding area:

9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Public entertainment, a carillon concert, pop-up performances and more

11:40 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Opening celebrations include:

Inspection of the Guard (note: this is taking place at the Peacekeeping Monument on Sussex Drive, near the National Gallery of Canada, and it is a different experience than the usual Changing of the Guard ceremony which takes place on Parliament Hill in the summer)
A 21-gun salute
Salute to the Canadian Armed Forces
Air Show with the Snowbirds, CF-18 and vintage planes
Special presence of: The Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who are celebrating their first Canada Day in Ottawa as part of their Royal Tour of Canada this summer.

Canada Day -When ? How Old ? Saturday CanadaDay Lineup Celebrations 2017
Appearances and performances by various artists including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Marie-Josée Lord with Orkidstra, Marie-Mai, Laurence Nerbonne, Patrick Watson, Walk Off The Earth, Bono and The Edge, and many more!
1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Celebrate diversity and notable Canadians with a Citizenship Ceremony, CIBC Reaffirmation Program, concert featuring Kinnie Starr and others, plus notable Canadians

5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Get inspired by notable Canadians and interactive programming including the Canada 150th “Sharing Dance”, street performers, a dance battle, pop-up concerts, buskers, floating decorations and more

8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.: Don’t miss the impressive evening show featuring Canadian artists Cirque du Soleil, Alessia Cara, Marie-Mai, Walk Off The Earth, Lisa LeBlanc, Kelly Bado, Dean Brody, Louis-Jean Cormier, Serena Ryder, Kinnie Starr, Gordon Lightfoot, Mike Tompkins and more

11:00 p.m.: The President’s Choice® Canada Day fireworks begin (for details, see dedicated section below)

Major’s Hill Park

Throughout the park:

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Enjoy a huge variety of family-friendly programming including buskers, trivia games, face painting, fun photo opportunities, swing dancing performances, rides for kids on the VIA Rail miniature train, the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s 25th annual Great Canadian Chicken BBQ, and much more!

On the Tim Hortons Family Stage:

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Rotating live entertainment acts throughout the day

On the Tim Hortons Stage:

10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Rotating family acts

6:15 p.m.-10:20 p.m.: Ruth B, Laurence Nerbonne, Mother Mother as well as DJ Rise Ashen with Lil Theland

Canadian Museum of History

From 9:00 a.m. to midnight, the museum will feature indoor and outdoor programming including inflatable games, wall climbing, live wild animals, puppet theatre, a Syrian house, plus the official opening of the museums’ new Canadian History Hall! Live entertainment includes:

6:30 p.m.: The Souljazz Orchestra

9:00 p.m.: The Lost Fingers presenting a special Canada 150 show

Other Sites

Various sites around the city are offering free admission and special programming on Canada Day including national museums (Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canadian History Museum, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, National Gallery of Canada), as well as the Bytown Museum, the National Arts Centre and the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. (For even more programming throughout the city, see our suggestions on what else is happening during Canada Day Weekend 2017.)

Canada day 2017 celebrations


Around 11:00 p.m. on July 1, the 20-minute 17-second (a nod to 2017) President’s Choice® Canada Day pyromusical fireworks show—the largest Canada Day pyrotechnic show ever—will be launched from five different locations: Nepean Point, as well as four sites along Confederation Boulevard (the ceremonial and discovery route of Canada’s Capital Region) including two sites in Ottawa and two in Gatineau, Quebec. The result is a dazzling and perfectly synchronized 360-degree fireworks extravaganza! (Keep in mind the fireworks show is weather dependent.)

Best viewing spots

Parliament Hill is not necessarily the best place to see the fireworks, as the historic Parliament Buildings can block part of your view. Consider these alternatives:

The central loop of Confederation Boulevard which runs along Wellington Street, MacKenzie Avenue, Sussex Drive in Ottawa, as well as Laurier Street in Gatineau
Major’s Hill Park, overlooking the Ottawa River
The lawn of the Canadian Museum of History along the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River (note: the Alexandra Bridge, which links Ottawa to Gatineau, is closed to vehicles as of 6:00 a.m. and to pedestrians and cyclists as of 9:00 p.m. on Canada Day—subject to change without notice).

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