Orangeman's Day in Canada in 2022

Orangeman's Day in Canada in 2022

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Orangeman's Day
  Dates of Orangeman's Day in Canada
2023 Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Jul 10 Government Holiday
2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Jul 11 Government Holiday
2021 Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Jul 12 Government Holiday
2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Jul 13 Government Holiday
2019 Newfoundland and Labrador Mon, Jul 15 Government Holiday
  Summary

Commemorates the Battle of the Boyne, fought on July 1st 1690 by King William of Orange against King James II

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When is Orangeman's Day?

Orangeman's Day is a provincial government holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

It is observed on the Monday closest to July 12th.

History of Orangeman's Day

Orangeman's Day commemorates the Battle of the Boyne, fought in Ireland on July 1st 1690 by King William of Orange against King James II. The battle predates the switch to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, which is why it is now celebrated on July 12th.

Before the battle even began, with the forces lined up on opposite banks of the Boyne, an early cannonball strike from James' artillery hit William on the shoulder. A few inches either way and the whole history of Ireland may have been changed. As it was, the injury wasn't serious enough to stop William commanding his troops and winning the day.

The victory of William and his Orangemen was seen as a key moment in the 'Glorious Revolution' when the Protestant (but not very English) William overthrew the Catholic James with the support of the English Parliamentarians.

The Canadian tradition of Orangeman's Day

From the start of the nineteenth century, there was significant immigration from Ireland to Canada. Until the Irish famine in 1840, the majority of the immigrants were Irish Protestants. This meant that Irish Protestant traditions such as marching to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne and the establishment of the Orange Order (an organisation that promotes Protestant values) became commonplace in many parts of Canada.

While parades in large cities like Toronto are not as popular as in the past, Newfoundland and Labrador still observes Orangeman's Day as part of this legacy.

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