Heritage Day (Civic Holiday)
The Heritage Day in Alberta or Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August and it’s a public holiday in some provinces and territories. The civic holiday is not a statutory holiday although it’s a day off for many employees across the country.
- – 1905 Alberta Becomes a Province. Alberta gets its provincial status on September 1, 1905, along with Saskatchewan.
- – 1974 Heritage Day is Announced. Government of Alberta marks the first Monday of August as Heritage Day, meant to celebrate the cultural and historical heritage of the province.
- – 1976 The Birth of Servus Heritage Festival. No fewer than 11 ethnic communities come together to hold the first Servus Heritage Festival, which becomes an annual fixture on Edmonton’s calendar.
The civic holiday is known by many names in different provinces and municipalities. It’s called Regatta Day in Newfoundland, Terry Fox Day in MB, Saskatchewan Day in SK, British Columbia Day in BC, Natal Day in Nova Scotia and PEI, Simcoe Day in Toronto, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, Colonel By Day in Ottawa, and Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, ON. It is called Benjamin Vaughan day in the City of Vaughan, Ontario.