From Wikipedia -
Civic Holiday is the most widely used name for a public holiday celebrated in parts of Canada on the first Monday in August.
Unlike most holidays, there is not much of a reason for this holiday to exist, other than its timing. Between Canada Day and Labour Day, there are no recognizable holidays, one of the longest stretches of time on the Canadian calendar without a holiday. (In terms of legal holidays, the winter stretch between Family Day and Easter is occasionally longer, but unofficial holidays such as Saint Patrick's Day and Valentines Day are observed during that time.)
Thus, the contrived holiday was placed roughly halfway between Canada Day and Labour Day.
So there you have it. An excuse for a day off of work, or a nice long weekend.
We didn't go to the beach, but we did have a nice friends and family picnic at the church.
Ethan got all painted up