|Description: A colour photograph with white borders. Photograph of Mayor Hazel McCallion licking a knife after she cut the Canada Day cake outside the Civic Centre. Mayor McCallion is wearing a red blazer with a white blouse. The navy and silver coloured chain-of-office is hanging around her neck. Councillor David Culham is standing to the Mayor's proper left, while councillor Frank McKechnie is seen standing to the Mayor's proper right.|
Celebrations for the 126th birthday of Canada took place outside the Civic Centre on July 1, 1993 between 11 am and 5 pm. The City has hosted Canada Day festivities since the opening of the Civic Centre in 1987. Prior to that the city incorporated Canada Day festivities in its annual "City Festival" or "Rainbow Festival".
Canada Day was initially known as Dominion Day and it was recognized as a statutory holiday in 1879. Local municipalities rarely celebrated this holiday on a public affair except for recognizing the 50th and 100th Anniversaries of Canada. It was only after 1958 that the Canadian government started organizing celebrations annually and it took a while for it to spread outside of Ottawa. In 1982 Dominion Day was changed to Canada Day.
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