Heritage Day In Alberta

Heritage Day In Alberta
Posted on 07/25/2017
Saddle Hills County Office will be closed Monday August 7th for Heritage Day.

Heritage Day is celebrated in Alberta on the first Monday of August each year. Although it is not a statutory holiday, many Canadians in Alberta use this day as an optional holiday to celebrate the province’s heritage.

Heritage Day is an optional holiday in Alberta, Canada. This means that businesses can choose whether or not to recognize the day as a general holiday. Museums may be open with special activities focused around the event. Many provincial government employees have a day off and post offices are closed so there is no regular collection or delivery of mail. However, private sector postal and delivery businesses may be open.

In 1974 the Alberta Government declared the first Monday of August an annual holiday to recognize and celebrate the varied cultural heritage of Albertans. That year and again in 1975, a multicultural concert was held at Fort Edmonton Park to celebrate Heritage Day. In 1976 11 ethno-cultural communities banded together in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park to display their cultures’ traditional cuisine, entertainment, interpretive materials, and crafts. This occasion marked the early days of the Edmonton Heritage Festival, which plays an important role in promoting Alberta’s heritage.

Heritage Day

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