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Orangemen's Day in Canada

Quick Facts

Orangemen's Day is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. It commemorates the Battle of the Boyne, which took place in 1690 outside Drogheda, now in the Republic of Ireland.

Local names

NameLanguage
Orangemen's DayEnglish
Bataille de la BoyneFrench
Orangemen's DayGerman

Orangemen's Day 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Orangemen's Day 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015
List of dates for other years

Orangemen's Day commemorates the Battle of the Boyne, which took place in 1690 outside Drogheda, now in the Republic of Ireland. It is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador on the Monday closest to July 12.

Orangemen's Day in Canada

Orangemen's Day, which commemorates a battle that took place in Ireland in the 17th century, is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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What do people do?

Orangemen's Day is generally celebrated by people with a Protestant Irish or Scottish background, particularly those who support the Orange Order. In some areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, particularly Toronto, parades are organized by Lodges of the Orange Order. During these parades, members of the lodges and their families march along a pre-arranged route carrying banners showing the name of the lodge and symbols associated with the Orange Order.

Marching bands often accompany the parades. After the parades, the lodges may organize family celebrations, known as “Times”, which include picnics, communal meals or dancing. Many parades are held on a Saturday close to July 12, but in areas where many people work in the cod fishing industry, Orangemen's Day events may be held during the winter.

Public life

The Monday closest to July 12 is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador. Provincial offices and some businesses and organizations may be closed or offer a limited service but post offices and many stores are open and public transport services operate to their usual schedules. There may be some local disruption to traffic around parades. Orangemen's Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Canada.

Background

The Battle of the Boyne in 1690 is seen as an important part of Ireland's history and pivotal in the power balance Protestants and Catholics in Great Britain and Ireland. Orangemen's Day is also celebrated in parts of the United Kingdom, especially in Northern Ireland.

By the end of the 19th century Orangemen's parades were commonplace in many Newfoundland communities. In the early days, Orangemen's Day was marked with large military parades, which lead to uneasy relationships between different religious groups and sectarian violence. Now Orangemen's Day celebrations are peaceful community celebrations suitable for all ages.

Symbols

An important symbol of Orangemen's Day is the color orange, which represents the monarchs in the House of Orange in general and William of Orange in particular. This color is seen on collarettes, banners and many other items. During the parades, men usually wear white shirts and gloves under dark suits and orange collarettes. Collarettes are narrow bands of cloth draped around the neck and fastened in front to form a “V” shape on the wearer's chest. They are decorated with symbols that represent the lodge, to which the wearer belongs, and the positions he holds and the awards he has received.

The banners carried during the parades also represent Orangemen's Day and the events in history that inspired the celebrations. In Canada many Orangemen's Day parade banners have an orange or blue background and the name of the lodge they represent. Many include some of the following images:

Many banners may also feature the Union flag or Canada's national flag.

Orangemen's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is a statutory holiday
MonJul 91990Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 151991Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 131992Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 121993Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 111994Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 101995Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 151996Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 141997Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 131998Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 121999Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 102000Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 92001Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 152002Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 142003Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 122004Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 112005Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 102006Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 92007Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 142008Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 132009Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 122010Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 112011Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 92012Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 152013Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 142014Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 132015Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 112016Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 102017Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 92018Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 152019Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador
MonJul 132020Orangemen's DayLocal holidayNewfoundland and Labrador

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