National Patriots’ Day
National Patriots’ Day is a holiday observed annually in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is a statutory holiday observed on the Monday before May 25th and has been recognized since 2003 in the region. This holiday commemorates the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 and coincides with Victoria Day celebrations.
On this day, all government offices in Quebec are closed, including city and provincial offices, and banks, schools, and post offices are also closed. As it is an important holiday, public transportation operates on a holiday schedule.
The History of National Patriots’ Day in Quebec, Canada
During the 17th century, the French established a colony that would become French Canada and Quebec City. After Great Britain defeated France and Spain during the Seven Years’ War, the French ceded their territories to the British under the Treaty of Paris.
Inspired by revolutionary movements across the Americas, including the American Revolution, the Patriot Movement began as a reaction to British rule over what was once French Canada. This led to the Lower Canada Rebellions of 1837 and 1838. Although these uprisings were suppressed by the British, they still form an important part of Quebec’s history and cultural identity.
In 2003, National Patriots’ Day was declared a public holiday, replacing La Fête de Dollard—an unofficial holiday that honored a 17th-century military hero known as Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.
Observing National Patriots’ Day in Quebec, Canada
National Patriots’ Day is a holiday when government offices and many businesses are closed. People take the time to learn more about the Lower Canada Rebellions and their role in the history of Quebec. On social media, the hashtag #NationalPatriotsDay is used to share information about this holiday.