Dominion Day

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Dominion Day is a commemoration day of the granting of national status in New Zealand, and was the same in Newfoundland until 1949 and Canada until 1982.


See also: Canada Day
Crowds on Parliament Hill, Ottawa celebrate Dominion Day, 1927, the 60th jubilee of Canadian confederation

Dominion Day was the name of the holiday commemorating the formation of Canada as a Dominion on 1 July 1867. The holiday was renamed to Canada Day by Act of Parliament on 27 October 1982.


See also: Canada Day

Dominion Day was the name of the holiday commemorating the formation of Newfoundland as a Dominion on 26 September 1907 (same day as New Zealand) and was celebrated until it entered into confederation with Canada in 1949.

New Zealand[edit]

Dominion Day is the name given to 26 September, the anniversary of the day in 1907 when New Zealand was granted Dominion status within the British Empire.[1] No longer a statutory (bank) holiday, the only current official observance of the day is as a Provincial Anniversary Day in South Canterbury and is celebrated on the fourth Monday of September.[2] There is support in some quarters[3] for the day to be revived as an alternative New Zealand Day, instead of renaming Waitangi Day, New Zealand's current national day.


  1. ^ "Dominion status - Dominion status - NZHistory, New Zealand history online". Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  2. ^ NZ Public Holiday Dates 2006-2009 : Employment Relations Service. Archived 14 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Editorial: Dominion Day debate needless - National - NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2016.