Just before Independence Day in the United States, our neighbors in the North celebrate Canada Day on July 1. This holiday is celebrated much like the 4th of July here in the United States with barbecues, fireworks, and most importantly, patriotism.
Canada Day marks the anniversary of the day when Canada became its own nation from Great Britain through the Constitution Act of 1867. At the time, Canada was originally British territory, so once the Dominion Act was signed into effect, four provinces were created. These provinces were New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada, which was divided into two provinces that are known as Ontario and Quebec.
In the early years of Canada Day, the holiday was not celebrated as much. It wasn’t until recently that people began to celebrate the holiday more often and is taken more seriously. The people of Canada proudly display their red and white maple leaf as much as their southern neighbors bring out the stars and stripes. But did you know the Canadian flag was not always a maple leaf?
Canada’s flag originally had the Canadian Red Ensign on it. It was red with a Union Jack in the corner along with Canada’s Coat of Arms on the lower right. It was not until 1964 when then-Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson informed the House of Commons that the government had asked to adopt a new flag for the country. This flag was inaugurated in 1965 after submissions were made for the new design and the current maple leaf design was approved.
The red maple leaf of Canada is a symbol of patriotism and identity for Canadians. They wear it with pride every July 1 as well as year round. Pins are worn on lapels, maple leaves are painted on faces at sporting events, or flags are simply waved next to another’s in solidarity with their neighbors. If you have a family member or a neighbor who is from Canada, surprise them with one of our Canadian flags from our flag store!
Happy Canada Day!
Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Canadian? The United States Flag Store has the best Canadian flag gifts at the best prices. From patches and pins to hard hats and flag spinners, you’re sure to find a Canadian flag gift that fits your budget!
If you haven’t seen the United States Flag Store’s Country Spinner Flagpole Kit with Adjustable Brackets, this makes a perfect flag gift for any flag enthusiast. The kit includes a beautiful three-by-five foot polyester flag with metal grommets and a high-quality aluminum spinner that rotates so your flag won’t wrap around the pole. Adjustable aluminum brackets and EZ mount clips are also included. These kits are excellent for residential use inside or out and are available for as $19.50 each when you order ten or more kits!
If you’re looking for a smaller gift, the Canadian flag lapel pin or American-Canadian flag lapel pins are great choices. Available for as low as $0.75 each, these pins have an all-gold metal lacquered design, a metal clutch, and enamel finish. Even at a price this low, these pins are of better quality than many of our competitors!
The United States Flag Store has two fantastic Canadian flag decals. The decals are made of durable vinyl that is waterproof and printed with UV-blocking inks. The decals’ adhesive is nonpermanent, making them perfect for display on a car, trailer, boat, truck, or motorcycle. Choose from a basic Canadian flag or an oval decal with the letters “CDN” and Canadian flags on either side.
For your favorite Canadian construction worker, check out the United States Flag Store’s Canadian hard hat made by MSA. With a bright and attractive design, a superior finish, and MSA’s Fas-Trac suspension, this hard hat brings together Canadian pride and superior safety. These Maple Leaf hats are available for as low as $27.08 each: almost $9 off the list price!
Be sure to check out the United States Flag Store’s other Canadian flag gift ideas, including stickers, temporary tattoos, and patches to satisfy all your Maple Leaf needs!