Time to celebrate Canada
It may be a day-long birthday party marked by fireworks, concerts and all things red and white, but Canada Day simply can't be contained into a mere 24 hours.
Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that the world's second largest country (in area) is home to six time zones.
That means there's a 4.5-hour time difference from one coast to the next. Folks in Newfoundland and Labrador will the first in the country to officially mark Canada Day, while those in British Columbia and the Yukon will officially wrap up the day.
The country's largest celebration takes place in the nation's capital. Every year, tens of thousands of people descend upon Parliament Hill in Ottawa to take part in the Canada Day Noon Show officiated by the prime minister, governor general, and minister of Canadian heritage and official languages.
As the country celebrates its 145th birthday, the theme of this year's show is Celebrating the Heritage of 1812. Highlights include a flyby of CF 18s and Snowbirds, along with a show featuring such homegrown talents as Jully Black, Feist, Simple Plan and Roch Voisine.
Celebrations across the country have decidedly regional flavours. Flag waving in St. John's, Nfld., kicks off with a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m. at Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada. Celtic music is featured at outdoor concerts on Confederation Hill.