It’s not often that a birthday party is held for an entire province, but that’s New Brunswick for you. Each year, the first Monday of August is celebrated as New Brunswick Day. Entire communities get together to participate in cake cutting, musical events, and sporting tournaments — all done to foster the spirit of togetherness. There are all-day barbecues, too, organized by many, and even an annual beer run. When there is food, drink, and a statutory holiday, we don’t think anybody is complaining.
New Brunswick Day timeline
The British make New Brunswick a part of the Canadian Confederation together with Canada and Nova Scotia.
New Brunswick Day is celebrated for the first time to foster the spirit of community in the city's residents.
New Brunswick Day Awards are given to residents and organizations who have made a significant impact in improving the quality of life in the city.
New Brunswick Day Activities
Participate in the Fredericton Beer Run
A New Brunswick Day staple is a 12k run that goes through the city's gorgeous trails. You even get to enjoy local craft beer at the finish line. It's anybody's guess as to whether that makes you run faster — or not.
Learn to cook New Brunswick staples
Food is a big part of any celebration. Pick your favorite authentic New Brunswick dish — Atlantic salmon, fiddleheads, dulse, or lobster — and master the art of cooking it, if you haven't already.
Invite your neighbors
The idea behind the day is to foster the spirit of community and togetherness. Take this opportunity to invite your neighbors over for lunch or dinner. Maybe use your newly acquired culinary skills to floor them (not literally!)
5 Amusing Bylaws In New Brunswick
No Snakes, Please
According to Fredericton's bylaws, it is illegal to carry around a snake or any other reptile in a public space.
No Circuses Either
The law in the town of Sackville states that it is illegal to hold a circus or a fair in a public park.
You Can Only Trick or Treat Until You Turn 16
If you are in Bathurst, you can only go trick or treating if you are 16 years old or younger — and only until 8pm.
You Can be Fined for Splashing Pedestrians in Moncton
You can be fined $175 for splashing pedestrians with mud, snow, or water in Moncton — so press that gas pedal at your own risk.
You can Hold Only Two Garage Sales a Year in Edmunston
No word on whether that law includes yard sales.
Why We Love New Brunswick Day
It's so much fun
Almost every town in New Brunswick holds events to celebrate the day. From live music events to cutesy family activities, such as facepainting and dunk tanks, there's a whole lot to choose from. Woodstock even has a boat parade on the day.
Let them eat cake
Yup, almost every community has a giant-sized cake to celebrate the birthday of the province. Most cakes feature the colors of New Brunswick, and they're generally tasty, or so we have been told by various factions.
It rewards residents
New Brunswick Day Awards are given on this day to recognize exceptional contributions made by individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in the province.
New Brunswick Day dates