Happy Independence Days

flagsWhile you are enjoying barbeques, fireworks and celebrations, on the First of July for Canada or on the Fourth of July for the United States, take a moment to appreciate both countries’ freedom.

  • Canada’s Independence Day, July 1, 1867, commemorates the day that upper and lower Canada formed into a single dominion by passing of the British North America Act. Thereafter, the country was considered independent and the Canadian Federal Government regulated its own people.  July 1, 2016 will mark Canada’s 148th celebration of independence.
  • Unlike Canada, July 4th is not the official day American Colonies were accepted as a sovereign nation. Battles between the Colonies and Britain spanned 7 years before Signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783. This grueling war began before and continued well after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Declaration was a petition for the rights of the colonists and argued that Britain was unfairly infringing upon these rights. The signing of the Declaration of Independence and the act of standing against a repressive British government is what’s celebrated in America today.

Both Independence Days are herald as symbols of freedom. Canada and the United States alike uphold values of liberty, equality and justice.