While Canadians are stereotypically known for being more reserved when it comes to showing pride in their country, all that humbleness gets thrown out the window every July 1st when the whole nation comes together and celebrates Canada Day.
Canada Day is the national day of Canada and it celebrates the Constitution Act of July 1, 1867 which united three British colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Since then Canada Day has been an important cultural event for all Canadians and visitors regardless of where they were born. There are many community events that take place in Edmonton, and across the country, during Canada Day, such as a pancake breakfast at the Alberta Legislature Building (the official government seat for the province of Alberta), parades, barbecues, free musical concerts, and of course: fireworks!
Ami, originally from Japan, says that she always goes and sees the fireworks, “I love fireworks, and I love to see [so] many Canadians/ visitors in Canada from different cultures celebrate this day together!”.
Whether you’re an international student, a Canadian student, or just a visitor there are so many ways to get involved in the festivities. Here are some photos of how Canada is celebrated in Edmonton.
Photos taken from “Edmonton Celebrate Canada”