Today Canadians celebrate Canada Day -- the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada joined into a federation of provinces uniting what we know today as Canada.
That's the very brief history, but what do Canadians actually do on the day besides sing "O Canada"? Much like its southern neighbor's July 4th celebrations, Canada Day is chock-full of fireworks, parades and family fun.
Here we've gathered just a few of the many festivities happening today and over the holiday weekend.
• Canada Day historic 1000-person Flash Mob Dance. Fans are invited to perform to a new Canadian bilingual song, Keep the Pride Alive / Une Fierté à Conserver. For more information visit http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2010/06/08/celebrate-canada-with-a-1000-person-flash-mob-dance/
• Granville Island. A top Canada Day destination for families with everything from free jazz performances to face painting and parades. For more information visit http://www.granvilleisland.com/event/canada-day-celebration
• The 3rd annual Canada Day Parade. This free community event highlights diversity, multiculturalism, freedom and the shared bond between all Canadians. For more info visit http://www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca/Event_Info/Canada_Day_Parade
• The Steveston Salmon Festival. Since 1945 Canadians have enjoyed this festival famous for its salmon barbecue. This year's festival includes a parade through historic Steveston village, a Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair and much more. For more info visit http://www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca/
Wishing you a safe and happy Canada Day!
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