“Victoria Day” is currently celebrated on the last Monday before May 25th in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday, who was born on May 24th, 1819.
Upon the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, “Victoria Day” was made into an official holiday after it was passed into law. Victoria Day, or May Two-Four weekend as some local Canadians like to call it, was previously held on the actual date of May 24th until 1952. At this time it was changed to extend the weekend by taking the first Monday before May 25th…and making it an official long weekend holiday in Canada.
This year in 2021, May 2-4 weekend is actually on the 24th, the first time in a long time. May 24th falls on a Monday this year and is widely considered the kickoff to summer.
Victoria Day Event: The Falls will be illuminated in a shade of Purple on Victoria Day itself; Monday, May 24th, 2021 from 10:00 – 10:15PM. Click here to see the current Niagara Falls Illumination Schedule.
Watch it here below:
Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls
Queen Victoria Park was official opened on Victoria Day – May 24th, 1888. The park spanned a 155 acres at this time from the base of Clifton Hill to Dufferin Islands.
Queen Victoria Park is the largest park area located in Niagara Falls, Canada facing the American and Horseshoe Falls. Formalized in 1885 by the Niagara Falls Park Act and opened in 1888, the park is managed by the Niagara Parks Commission and is considered a focal point in Niagara Falls tourism. Queen Victoria Park is known for its exceptional floral displays of many different flower species and carpet bed designs.
Some Interesting Queen Victoria and Victoria Day Facts
- Victoria Day is the oldest state holiday of Canada and it is the only country to honour Queen Victoria with an official holiday.
- Victoria was the first Queen of Canada, when the country was founded in 1867.
- Victoria Day marks the beginning of summer season for many Canadians.
- Victoria, British Columbia is named after Queen Victoria.
- Queen Victoria was Canada’s sovereign at the time of Confederation in 1867. The fathers of Confederation could not create the new country without her royal assent. She is also credited with turning Ottawa into the nation’s capital a decade earlier.
- All federal governed buildings and organizations will close for the day
- Queen Victoria was the longest sitting sovereign in history who kept her seat on the throne for 63 years 216 days.
- Until 2003, the day was called Fete de Dollard in Quebec. Now it is celebrated as National Patriots’ day.
- Queen Victoria became queen at the age of 18. She was a successor of William IV.
- Federal protocol dictates that the Royal Union Flag should be flown at all federal government building from sun up until sun down.
- Celebration of Victoria Day is a Canadian tradition and does not exist in most of England. That being said, it is celebrated in some parts of Scotland, where it’s observed on the Monday before May 24.
- Queen Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert and because of her position she proposed to him.