Official celebrations and observances

City Council and staff recognize and value the contributions of the diverse communities that make Vancouver one of the most livable cities in the world. We also observe internationally recognized days and significant events in our history.

In 2024 we will continue to support the Council-approved official celebrations and observances virtually.

We recognize these official celebrations and observances through a range of acknowledgements, including:

  • Reading proclamations or recognitions during a Council meeting if it aligns with a Council meeting day
  • Featuring the official event on with a video acknowledgement and write-up
  • Providing social media acknowledgements and illuminations of City Hall and Burrard Bridge

Communities are responsible for submitting requests for proclamations and City Hall and Burrard Street Bridge illuminations.

The official celebrations and observances listed below have been approved by City Council.

Canada's national holidays

Established by Act of Parliament and observed by federal employees and by most Canadians, statutory holidays include New Year's Day, Good Friday (or Easter Monday), Victoria Day, Canada Day (formerly called Dominion Day), Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.