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What is Victoria Day?

Since about 1845, Victoria Day has been held as a holiday to celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday (May 24, 1819). It is always held on the last Monday to fall before May 25, so the date varies between the 18th and 24th of May each year. Following Queen Victoria's death in 1901, it became a federal statutory holiday. Colloquially, it is also referred to as the May 2-4 weekend for both the Queen's actual birthday and the fact that the weekend is seen as the first of summer and celebrated at with bar-be-ques, fireworks, cottage visits and 24-bottle cases of beer.

Did You Know? - Victoria Day

It's colloquially known as the May Long Weekend, May Two-Four and even May Run. Celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday, Victoria Day has been ...

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