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Discovery Day in Newfoundland and Labrador

National and public holidays in Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Holiday in Canada

Discovery Day in Newfoundland and Labrador marks John Cabot's voyage in 1497

When is Discovery Day?

How long until Discovery Day?
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Dates of Discovery Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday June 24th
2018 Monday June 25th
2017 Monday June 26th
2016 Monday June 27th
2015 Monday June 22nd
Summary
Newfoundland and Labrador only. Monday nearest June 24th, commemorating the discovery of the province in 1497 by John Cabot
Related Holidays
Civic Day
St. John's Day

Discovery Day is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is celebrated on the Monday nearest June 24th.

Discovery Day commemorates the discovery of the province in 1497 by John Cabot.

History of Discovery Day

John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) was a Venetian explorer and navigator. Inspired by Columbus' recent voyages to the west, Cabot received funding from Henry VII of England to explore for new lands in 1496. Cabot made a first expedition in the summer of 1496, leaving from Bristol, England, but he ran into bad weather and short of supplies, he turned back to England.

The second expedition left Bristol on 2 May 1497 in a ship called 'Matthew' and made landfall somewhere on the coast of North America on 24 June 1497 (St. John's Day). This discovery marked the first Europeans to set foot on the North American continent since the Vikings in the 11th century.

Though historian have argued where exactly Cabot made landfall, in 1997 the Canadian and UK governments designated Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland as the official place of Cabot's landing.

Since 1997, Discovery Day has also been known as Cabot 500 Day marking the 500th anniversary of the discovery.

Civic Day

Discovery Day in Newfoundland and Labrador replaces the Civic Holiday observed on the first Monday of August in other areas of Canada.


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