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 celebrate Dominion Day, 1927, the 60th jubilee of 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.