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The first week of July welcomes beers and barbecues across North America.  Canada Day falls on Wednesday July 1st, and Independence Day in the US is on Saturday, July 4th.

Canada Day marks the anniversary of the date that the provinces of Canada united. Though it is celebrated much like an independence day, Canada was not completely legally independent until 1982! Details aside, Canada Day celebrates Canadian nationalism and pride.

The city of Toronto will celebrate Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square on Wednesday. This event will feature musical performances by top Canadian artists and a fireworks show. Most other cities and small town have their own parades and fireworks displays!

Similar celebrations occur in the United States on July 4th, Independence Day. Some of the biggest celebrations occur in New York City. The Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular, shot over the East River in Manhattan, boasts being the largest fireworks display in the world. Another of the best displays occurs over the Capital Building in The Mall in Washington, DC.

Though these celebrations boast the biggest, brightest, loudest renditions of the battles of the past, some of the best and most meaningful celebrations are found in small towns.  Everyone wears their red and white, or red, white and blue, lights sparklers – or sparks up the grill – and takes a day to celebrate their little piece of the world.

I’ll be in Los Angeles for the 4th, maybe checking out (entering?!…just kidding) the Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach competition on Venice Beach; where will you be? Leave me a comment below!

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  1. Scott McMurrenNo Gravatar
    Posted June 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Whoa. I always love going to the Canada Day celebration/parade in Dawson City up in the Yukon. They always make a big fuss over us Yanks as well. FUN! I’ve been there twice. I’ve flown up a couple of time in private aircraft from ANC, then driven over the “Top of the World” Highway from Tok once. Great fun! I’ve left several shekels at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, the state-run casino.

  2. RobNo Gravatar
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I was a bit taken back, that in our nations capital Ottawa, they used a huge stage banner or red, white…and BLUE, for Canada Day.

    It was a bit odd, since we don’t use blue at all, and well….it’s a bit obvious when the three colours are put together?

    Anyhoo, no big harm done…but imagine if they omitted one of yours or just did red and white!

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