Canada Day falls on a Tuesday this year, and because of the "weird gap" it creates in the work week, some workplaces have created a de facto extra-long weekend.
"We have both Monday and Tuesday off," said Jennifer Fleming, who works for a PR company in Toronto and is spending the weekend at a lakeside cottage in Muskoka.
"The suckers are the people who are going to be working," said Philip Chin, near his Toronto office, where he'll be in on Monday morning.
"A lot of people will be taking it off covertly," said Chin. "They'll be doing as little as possible on that day."
"It's kind of awkward because you can't really do anything," said Laura Swietochowska. "It's just a weird gap in the week."
Unlike Victoria Day or Thanksgiving, which are sliding statutory holidays that always create a long weekend, Canada Day is celebrated July 1 — whenever that falls.
Changing Canada Day to consistently create a long weekend, though, might be more of a hassle than the weird schedules it creates. It would require an act of Parliament.
And because it marks the day of Canada's confederation on July 1, 1867, some people think the holiday should remain on that date.
"Canada Day should be celebrated on July 1. We have enough holidays that fall on the Monday," said Julio Digirolamo, one of those with an extended long weekend. "It's Canada Day and it should fall on the national holiday."
But David Rubinstein, who works in a flower shop, said that he could make use of the quiet day Monday while some of his customers are vacationing.
"All this cleaning up, and all this organizing that you do have to do and never gets done, gets done on days like that," he said.
Next year, Canada Day will split the week again when it falls on a Wednesday - but after that, it'll create a long weekend for the following four years.
Several people on Twitter complained about not having a proper long weekend.
Canada day this year is like 3rd period spare. No long weekend but working tmr then having Tuesday off #smh— carlo (@ctrs_) June 30, 2014
I don't suppose you might all consider not calling it a long weekend? Might make working Monday a tad more bearable for me...— Patti Mar. (@PattiMar13) June 28, 2014
That awful feeling when you desperately need to get away but you're stuck working on the Monday of a long weekend #fml— Kristy Morrissette-K (@KristyMorrissK) June 25, 2014
One American pointed out that our southern neighbours get a much better deal this year.
Sorry, Canada. Will try not to gloat about Jul 4 being a Friday. MT @CdnPress A not-so-long weekend, as Canada Day falls on Tuesday— Barbara Govednik (@ReadBarbara) June 30, 2014
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