Victoria Day

Queen Victoria was born on May 24th but Canadians celebrate Victoria Day on the Monday before May 25. Victoria Day became a popular holiday in Ontario in 1845 and a national holiday in 1901. Victoria Day in Canada is a constitutional holiday and is celebrated on the Monday before or on the 24th of May in the honour of the birthdays of Queen Victoria and the reigning sovereign.

Victoria Day is widely celebrated across the country in different celebration forms and properly marks the beginning of summer. The Birthday of the sovereign was a day of celebration long before the federation. The parliament of the province of Canada created legislation in 1834 recognizing the 24th of May as the queens birthday. It was noted that on this same day in 1854 was the 35th birthday of Queen Victoria.

Victoria Day 2014

In 2014, Victoria Day is celebrated on Monday, 19th of May. Victoria Day is a Canadian national holiday where schools close and people get the day off work. It is all to commemorate Queen Victoria's birthday. Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday (May 24th). Still, Canada is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, of which the Queen is head.

Victoria Day is always on a Monday, and therefore the holiday is part of a long weekend, which is commonly referred to as the Victoria Day Weekend, the May Long Weekend, the May Long, or the May Two-Four. The weekend is also called the May 24th weekend, although it does not essentially fall on May 24th.

When is Victoria Day?

2013: Monday, May 20, 2013
2014: Monday, May 19, 2014
2015: Monday, May 18, 2015