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But it doesn't explain why Canada Day, 2012, is actually Monday, July 2nd instead of Sunday, July 1st, does it?

Well, it's like this. Canada Day is a federal, statutory holiday enacted under the Holidays Act. While it may exist forever in spirit on July 1st, in law it only exists on July 1st in years when that date falls on a Monday through Saturday. If July 1st happens to fall on Sunday — not to say the Lord's day — July 2nd is the legal holiday.

But hey, not like I'm going to get in the way of a good party. There'll be music and a parade and fireworks on Sunday in the village. And even though we'll be celebrating the eve of Canada Day, a party's a party, dude.

Happy Birthday, Canada.

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