Official celebrations and observances

COVID-19 update: official celebrations

June 18, 2020: All official celebrations and observances are following the advice set out by BC provincial health authorities to cancel events larger than 50 people. At this time we are not proceeding with hosting any of these in-person events until further notice.

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.

We recognize these official celebrations and observances through public ceremonies involving the mayor, councillors, and members of the community, or through acknowledgement by the City with a proclamation or recognition during a Council meeting. Annual events could also include cultural celebrations with speakers, entertainment, and when appropriate, a reception.    

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.