Happy Canada Day!

Posted by Katie Szymanski
June 30, 2011
Fireworks on Parliament Hill Courtesy of the Canadian National Capital Commission

As we're gearing up to celebrate Canada Day - the country's birthday - an excitement is building in the Canadian capital. On July 1, Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will attend the Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on their first official Royal Tour visit overseas!

The buzz created surrounding the Royal Tour is reminiscent of when Canada was host to another first official visit in 2009 -- that of President Obama. For example, after an impromptu visit by President Obama, a local bakery did huge business in Canada-themed maple leaf cookies. Word on the street is that the bakery is now preparing something special for the Royal Tour.

Excitement is also growing at the U.S. Embassy. Young Embassy family members recently gathered to create their own royal-themed fascinators (stylish hats) in red, white, and blue. One of our own colleagues, who happened to be a bride the same day as the royal wedding, was invited among other local couples to join Canada's Governor General along with the Duke and Duchess for a tree-planting ceremony on the grounds of Rideau Hall.

Canada Day is celebrated all over the world, including the United States, with joint Independence Day-Canada Day fireworks displays between the border cities of Detroit and Windsor, and Buffalo and Fort Erie. This year on Canada Day, we will celebrate Canada's 144th birthday not only with our Canadian neighbors, but with Their Royal Highnesses as well. We welcome you to join us.

Happy Canada Day!

Related Content: Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Canada Day



Mike C.
July 1, 2011

Mike in Canada writes:

Nice post. Happy Canada Day! Have a good one in Ottawa Katie!

July 1, 2011

Rica in Canada writes:

Happy Canada Day!!!

July 1, 2011

W.W. writes:

I like very much.

Utah, USA
July 1, 2011

Jonny in Utah writes:

Thanks for the shout out to Canada DipNote.

Brad M.
New York, USA
July 1, 2011

Brad in New York writes:

The US State department better resolve the conflict with Canada with relation to pleasure craft boats in Canadian Water on St Lawrence River before NY and Ontario loose most of their tourism. Rules used to be no boarder check in required unless anchored or touch land.. NOW fining for fishing legally with Canadian fishing License without check in first. This is just bad for a huge recreational boating region.

Albert S.
July 4, 2011

Albert S. in Canada writes:

My wife and I would like to attend the Ambassador's 4th of July open house at the embassy. But we haven't gotten on a list of invitees. We'll bring our US passports to the gate and give it a try.

If we can't get in, I'd like to know how to get on the list of invitees for next year.

Mark T.
United States
July 5, 2011

Mark T. in the U.S.A. writes:

It appears that late is better than never.

donald M.
Virginia, USA
July 6, 2011

Donald in Virginia writes:

All canadians, Happy Canada Day!

We can appreciate our neighbors to the North. Happy day!!!!


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