Victoria Day

National and public holidays in Canada National Holiday in Canada

Queen Victoria

When is Victoria Day ?

Year Day Date
2017 Monday May 22nd
2016 Monday May 23rd
2015 Monday May 18th
2014 Monday May 19th
2013 Monday May 20th
2012 Monday May 21st

A federal Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday before 25 May.

Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Following the death of Queen Victoria, 24 May was decreed as Empire Day across the British Empire. Today, Canada is the only country who still has a holiday on the day.

Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the ruler of the United Kingdom and the British Empire from 20 June 1837 until her death. Victoria reigned for 63 years and seven months, a record only beaten in September 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II.

For many Canadians, Victoria Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, with many people opening their summer cabins.

In Quebec, National Patriots Day (Journée nationale des patriotes) which is a commemoration of the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 is celebrated on the same day as Victoria Day.

Nova Scotia is the only province or territory not to designate the day a statutory holiday.

The holiday is called 'May Two-Four' in some parts of Canada, a name that refers both to the date around which the holiday falls (24 May) and Canadian slang for a case of twenty-four beers (a "two-four"), a drink popular during the long weekend.

As it always falls on a Monday, leading to a long weekend, it may also be known as 'May Long' or 'May Run'.

On Victoria Day, all city, state, and government offices are closed. Schools, post offices, banks, and libraries are also closed. Public transport will run on a reduced holiday schedule.

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