Dominion Day

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Dominion Day was a day commemorating the granting of dominion status in certain countries. It was an official public holiday in Canada from 1879 to 1982, where it was celebrated on 1 July, that date is now known as Canada Day. There was also a Dominion Day public holiday in the Dominion of Newfoundland from 1907 to 1949, celebrated on 26 September.

Canada[edit]

Crowds on Parliament Hill, Ottawa celebrate Dominion Day, 1927, the 60th jubilee of Canadian confederation

Dominion Day was the name of the holiday commemorating the formation of Canada as a Dominion on 1 July 1867, it became an official public holiday in 1879.[1] The holiday was renamed to Canada Day by Act of Parliament on 27 October 1982.

Newfoundland[edit]

Dominion Day was the name of the holiday commemorating the formation of Newfoundland as a Dominion on 26 September 1907 (same day as New Zealand) and was celebrated until it entered into confederation with Canada in 1949.[citation needed]

New Zealand[edit]

Dominion Day was occasionally celebrated in New Zealand to commemorate the anniversary of the granting of dominion status (26 September 1907), it was never a public holiday, although the first Dominion Day was a day off for public servants.[2] Dominion Day soon "faded away as a public event" – there were occasional celebrations in the first few years after 1907, but they were mainly formal events that did not capture the attention of the public.[3] There has been support in some quarters[4] for the day to be revived as an alternative New Zealand Day, instead of renaming Waitangi Day, New Zealand's current national day.

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