Victoria Day celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. It is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25. The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria’s actual birthday (May 24). The holiday has always been a distinctly Canadian observance and continues to be celebrated across the country. Victoria Day also known as May Long Weekend, May Long, May Two-Four, May Run, Firecracker Day. Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, May 24 was made by law to be known as “Victoria Day”, a date to remember the late queen, who was deemed the “Mother of Confederation”.
Canada is the only country that commemorates Queen Victoria with an official holiday. On Victoria Day the Royal Union Flag is to be flown from sunrise to sunset at all federal government buildings including airports, military bases, and other Crown owned property across the country. Across the country, Victoria Day serves as the unofficial marker of the end of the winter social season, and thus the beginning of the summer social calendar. On Victoria day British Columbia hold a parade since 1898 in the monarch’s namesake city of Victoria, British Columbia. In nearby New Westminster, the Victoria Day weekend is distinguished by the Hyack Anvil Battery Salute, a tradition created during colonial times as a surrogate for a 21-gun salute. Other celebrations include an evening fireworks show, such as that held at Ashbridge’s Bay Beach in the east end of Toronto, and at Ontario Place, in the same city. In Ottawa, the tradition Trooping of the Queen’s Colour ceremony takes place on Parliament Hill or at Rideau Hall on occasion. The reviewing officer in the ceremony is the Queen, with members of the Royal Family.
Status of Victoria Day in Canadian Provinces and Territories —
|Provinces and Territories||Status of Victoria Day|
|Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Yukon||General holiday|
|Nunavut, New Brunswick||General Holiday|
|Prince Edward Island||General Holiday|
|British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan||Statutory holiday|
|Nova Scotia||Non-statutory holiday|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Not a paid public holiday|
|Quebec||National Patriots’ Day|
When is Victoria Day ?
- Victoria Day in 2023 is on Monday, 22-May, 2023.
- Victoria Day in 2022 is on Monday, 23-May, 2022.
- Victoria Day in 2021 was on Monday, 24-May, 2021.
Check all the historical dates for Victoria Day in below table.