I never really got to celebrate Canada’s national holiday when I lived there. Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act, which united Canada as a single country. But in Montreal, and Quebec overall, July 1st coincides, perhaps not unintentionally, with Quebec’s traditional Moving Day. In Montreal, all rentals run from July 1 to June 30 of the following year, so instead of attending Canada Day festivities, Montrealers are usually driving u-haul, carrying heavy furniture up spiral staircases or (my personal fave thing to do on Moving Day) wondering the alleys behind residences for free and up-for-grabs furniture. Hey, don’t judge me, I was a college student!
I was excited this year to celebrate Canada Day the way it is meant to be celebrated in Washington, D.C.: at the Canadian Embassy with “barbeque” and sangria with maple syrup. The Canadian Embassy did a wonderful job hosting the lunch time event for American friends of Canada and Canadian expats (and people like moi… technically a non-American friend of Canada).