06/30/2014 02:11 EDT | Updated 06/25/2019 12:12 EDT

A Friendly Canada Day Message To Our Neighbours In The United States

It’s like the Fourth of July ... but better.

Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2014. But we still get questions about Canada Day from our American friends. Enjoy your Canada Day long weekend.

Dear USA,

We get that you don't get it. But, believe it or not, Canada is not a colony of your country. We're an independent nation and we have a day to celebrate that independence. It's like the Fourth of July ... but better.

Still confused? Here's why Canada Day is the best.

On July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was created. No war. Not even a skirmish.

Notice how 1867 comes after 1812? That means you can stop getting angry at us about that war you lost. You were fighting the English, not us.

We do have to admit that George Washington was pretty badass though...

But so was the father of our country.

This is John A. Macdonald.

He was our first prime minister and was famous for his wit. Especially when he was drinking.

It's said that Macdonald was once so drunk during a debate that he started vomiting.

After recovering, he blamed the sickness on his opponent's disgusting ideas.

(Credit: Andrew Hutchison)

Macdonald succeeded in achieving Confederation, merging several British colonies into a single nation.


You think you're the only ones with Founding Fathers? Not a chance. We've got "Fathers of Confederation."

Fathers with awesome mutton chops...

Oliver Mowat

William Alexander Henry

John Hamilton Gray

And everything about Canada Day is so fresh.


We’re only 150 152 years old.

Our flag is just 50 years old.

We've only been calling it Canada Day since 1982 (it was Dominion Day before that).

And "O Canada" only became our official anthem in 1980.

Did we mention that the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" were written while you Yanks were getting bombarded with cannonballs during that war you lost?

And speaking of explosions. That's one thing Independence Day and Canada Day have in common.

OK, we also share this.

And this.

Actually, come to think of it, we're pretty similar after all.

Best friends forever?



P.S. We're sorry. We know we screwed up.