Whether you sing, “O Canada,” or “Oh, say can you see…” the month of July is a special time!
So naturally, being Tupperware U.S. & Canada, we want to celebrate both holidays by sharing a few fun facts about Canada Day, which is on July 1st, as well as the U.S. Independence Day, July 4th!
Five Canada Day Facts
- The year 2018 marks the 151st celebration of Canada Day, which commemorates the day that the three colonies of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia united into one British Federation on July 1, 1867.
- The name Canada derives from an Iroquoian word for “village,” kanata, that French explorers heard used to refer to the area near present-day Quebec City.
- Canada Day was originally called Dominion Day, but was changed in 1982.
- The largest Canada Day celebration in the Southern Hemisphere is hosted in Sydney, Australia.
- Canada Day is when thousands of new citizens get sworn in as official Canadian citizens.
Five Independence Day Facts
- July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it’s celebrated on the fourth because that’s when congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration.
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” which was a writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.
The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was lost.
Congress didn’t approve a bill to make Independence Day an official holiday until 1870, 94 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
150 million hot dogs are eaten in America on the 4th of July alone.
Now, if you want to make delicious meals that are a staple of each holiday, we’ve got a few!
Happy 4th of July/Canada Day!