The Civic Holiday – what’s the deal?

Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])!  On the eve of the Civic Holiday long weekend, otherwise known as the first Monday in August, I wondered – what’s the deal with this holiday?  What are we celebrating?  Is there cause to celebrate?  Maybe not if you don’t get the day off – it’s a Civic holiday remember, not a Stat.  If you do get a sweet long weekend – that’s a cause in itself for me!

I looked into it.  It turns out that the Civic Holiday is known by a variety of other names in each respective province and territory that recognize it.  In British Columbia, it’s British Columbia Day.  This celebrates the first pioneers of the province all the way back to James Cook in 1778.  Alberta decided on a unique name and reason to celebrate – Heritage Day – to honour the diverse cultural heritage of Albertans.   In Ontario, the holiday was originally created to honour John Graves Simcoe.  Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the founder of the Fort York, which is now the city of Toronto.

So, as you (hopefully) kick back and relax this long weekend, raise a toast to the first pioneers of BC, the cultural diversity of Alberta, or the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.  At the very least, you will have interesting trivia to share.  Colorworks Express Autobody Centers wishes everyone a safe and happy long weekend!

Thanks for tuning in and catch you next time!

Jess

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