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Victoria Day

Victoria Day is often referred to as the May 2-4 or the May Long Weekend. It marks a long weekend, and many people choose to go camping to celebrate. Those who stay home often celebrate with fireworks, drinking and cook-outs.

Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated

Victoria Day is celebrated in every province (excluding NS, NU, QC). It falls on the Monday before May 25th. Here are the upcoming dates for observation:

  • Monday, May 22, 2017
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Monday, May 18, 2020
  • Monday, May 24, 2021
  • Monday, May 23, 2022
  • Monday, May 22, 2023
  • Monday, May 20, 2024
  • Monday, May 19, 2025

Where Is Victoria Day Considered A Holiday?

Victoria Day is a holiday in every province except Nova Scotia, Nunavut and Quebec. In every other province, it is considered a statutory holiday. In every province (aside from the ones listed above) government offices are closed. Schools are closed, and public transportation is likely unavailable in most areas. Most businesses will be closed, therefore it is a long weekend for most. It is the perfect time to go camping or plan a short vacation.

Festivities & Events During Victoria Day

Many families choose to plan a vacation or take a brief holiday. They choose to go camping or on a sort trip. Others choose to start planting for the fall harvest, since the May 2-4 marks the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Amusement parks often officially open on the May long weekend. There is also often a fireworks display at the local public parks. Or, in a neighbours back yard. Many people enjoy an outside cookout to start off the summer. In some areas, there are celebrations that may include festivals. For the most part, people celebrate the nice weather with friends and family.

A Brief History Of Victoria Day

Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria, on May 24, 1819. It has been celebrated throughout Canada every since her reign. Although the celebration is intended to be for the Queen's birthday, many people just choose to celebrate having an extra day off.