National Patriots' Day in Quebec in 2025

National Patriots' Day in Quebec in 2025
  How long until National Patriots' Day?
National Patriots' Day
  Dates of National Patriots' Day in Quebec
2025 Mon, May 19Regional Holiday
2024 Mon, May 20Regional Holiday
2023 Mon, May 22Regional Holiday
2022 Mon, May 23Regional Holiday
2021 Mon, May 24Regional Holiday

National Patriots' Day (Journée nationale des patriotes) is a commemoration of the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837

  Local name
Journée nationale des patriotes

When is National Patriots' Day in Canada?

National Patriots' Day is a regional Canadian statutory holiday observed in the province of Quebec on the Monday before May 25th each year.

National Patriots' Day (Journée nationale des patriotes) is a commemoration of the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837. This holiday is celebrated on the same day as Victoria Day.

History of National Patriots' Day in Quebec

Following early exploration in the 16th century, the French established a colony in this part of modern-day Canada in the 17th century. This became French Canada and Quebec City was founded in 1608.

The French ceded it's territories to the British under the Treaty of Paris in 1763, after Great Britain's victory over France and Spain during the Seven Year's War.

Inspired by the American Revolution and movements towards independence in other parts of the Americas, the Patriote movement grew in popularity as a reaction against British colonial rule over what was previously French territory. Mainly a political movement, it led to the Lower Canada Rebellions of 1837 and 1838. These insurrections were eventually suppressed by the British military, but the actions of the rebels are seen as a key part of the history of Quebec and its enduring sense of identity.

To honour and remember the sacrifice of the Quebec rebels, National Patriots' Day was declared a public holiday in 2003. It replaced an unofficial holiday called 'la Fete de Dollard' which honoured a 17th-century military hero, Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.

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

What's closedWhat's open

Most municipal offices
Libraries and sporting centres all have individual hours varying by borough
Garbage and recycling collection varies by borough
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Federal government offices
Canada Post offices, and there will not be any mail delivery
Quebec government offices
Revenue Quebec offices
SAAQ offices
Most banks will be closed
Most public transportation will operate on a holiday or Sunday schedule

shopping malls
grocery stores
all public markets
Montreal Casino
Montreal Botanical Gardens
Montreal Science Centre
SAQ outlets

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