As the dog days of summer carry on, the long weekend in August comes as a nice break. The Civic Holiday is known by several names across the country; British Columbians enjoy British Columbia Day, Saskatchewaners take in Saskatchewan Day, and New Brunswickers celebrate, you guessed it, New Brunswick Day.
Generally, the holiday is known as the Civic Holiday in Ontario, although different regions have their own names for the day, many of them taking the day as an opportunity to recognize important citizens or founders. Toronto recognizes the day as Simcoe Day, it is Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Peter Robinson Day in Peterborough, and John Galt Day in Guelph.
Oshawa is no exception. We honour one of our favourite citizens every Civic Day, where we proclaim the first Monday of August to be McLaughlin Day after Col. RS McLaughlin. Sam McLaughlin was an automotive pioneer and philanthropist, and he loved this City as much as the City loved him.
McLaughlin Day was first celebrated in 1983, and Oshawans were encouraged to visit the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Parkwood, and the Automotive Museum, and even though it rained, ‘spirits were high,’ and the day ended with fireworks in Lakeview Park! McLaughlin Day was the beginning of a week long celebration known as McLaughlin Celebration Week.
This McLaughlin Day, visit RS McLaughlin’s former home, Parkwood National Historic Site for special basement tours, or come down to the Oshawa Community Museum and regale in the history of the City that Sam so loved. We are offering tours from 12-4 on Monday, August 5.
“I love the old town and am always glad to do anything towards its improvement.”
-Col. RS McLaughlin
Happy McLaughlin Day!
The Canadian Encyclopedia, “Civic Holiday”, from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/civic-holiday
Canada Info, “First Monday in August Holiday,” from http://www.craigmarlatt.com/canada/symbols_facts&lists/august_holiday.html
Oshawa This Week, ‘Hats off to McLaughlin Day,’ August 3, 1983