National Patriots’ Day

National Patriots’ Day is a holiday that’s observed annually in the Canadian province of Quebec. This is a statutory holiday that’s observed on the Monday before May 25th and has been observed since 2003 in the region. This holiday commemorates the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 and is observed on the same day as Victoria Day is celebrated.

On this day, all government offices in Quebec are closed—including city and state offices—and banks, schools, and post offices are also closed. Because it’s an important holiday, public transportation on this day also runs on a holiday schedule.

The History Of National Patriots’ Day In Quebec, Canada

During the 17th century, the French would establish a colony that would go on to become French Canada and Quebec City. After Great Britain defeated France and Spain during the Seven Year’s War, the French ceded their territories to the British under the Treaty of Paris.

Inspired by revolution movements across the Americas, including the American Revolution, the Patriot Movement began as a reaction to British rule of what once was French Canada. This led to the Lower Canada Rebellions of 1837 and 1838. Although these insurrections were suppressed by the British, they still formed an important part of Quebec’s history and cultural identity.

In 2003, National Patriots’ Day was declared a public holiday. It would end up replacing La Fete 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 on which government offices and many businesses are closed. People also take the time to learn more about the Lower Canada Rebellions and their place in the history of Quebec. On social media, the hashtag #NationalPatriotsDay is used to spread the word about this holiday across the Internet.

Where is it celebrated?
Canada (Local holiday) - Quebec
When is it?
This year (2023)
May 22 Monday
Next year (2024)
May 20 Monday
Last year (2022)
May 23 Monday