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Civic Holiday

The Civic Holiday is the first Monday of August. It goes by a variety of different names; August Holiday, Civic Holiday, Provincial Day & Terry Fox Day (in Manitoba). The legal status of the holiday changes based on the province. Civic Holiday is a way to celebrate the culture of the country, but many just take it as an extra day off in the year.

Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated

The Civic Holiday is held on the first Monday of every August. Exceptions to this are in Quebec and the Yukon, which celebrate on different days. Here are the upcoming Civic Holiday dates:

  • Monday, August 7, 2017 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 6, 2018 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 5, 2019 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 3, 2020 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 2, 2021 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 1, 2022 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 7, 2023 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 5, 2024 - NT, ON, PE, SK
  • Monday, August 4, 2025 - NT, ON, PE, SK

Where Is Civic Holiday Considered A Holiday?

Regardless of the title of the day, the first Monday of August is a statutory holiday in the following provinces: British Columbia (British Columbia Day), New Brunswick (New Brunswick Day), Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. These provinces have the day off, schools are closed and public transpiration is largely unavailable. It is considered a holiday in Alberta (Heritage Day), Manitoba (Terry Fox Day), Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia (Natal Day), Prince Edward Island (Natal Day) and Ontario as well. However, these provinces vary on the status of the holiday. Some employers in Ontario offer the day off, but it isn't required by law to do so. Before planning a long weekend, check with your employer.

Festivities & Events During Civic Holiday

The Civic Holiday is often met with celebrations of culture in each province. Since it marks a long weekend, many others prefer holiday planning. There are local festivals and celebrations, often organized by individual communities. There are also sporting events and meals that are held in celebration. Often times, the Civic Holiday is met with firework displays as well.

A Brief History Of Civic Holiday

Many names are given to the first Monday in August. However, they are celebrations of the province and culture within. The first time this holiday was observed was in 1869. It has grown ever since and more and more cultures celebrate each year.