After governmental decision, the first time in 1975, Heritage Day was celebrated in Alberta in Canada by people. Heritage Day means celebrating and remembering people who come from variety of culture and form Albertan community. On August 7 in 1975, people came together and celebrate this day via attending multicultural activities in Fort Edmonton Park Following year in 1976, a bigger organization was formed in same park, which is Fort Edmonton Park, including picnics, barbecues, sport activities, traditional shows, kitchens and crafts. Then this meeting evolved Edmonton Heritage Festival and became the best well-known symbol of Heritage Day. Also, in that day you can see variety of symbols which are related to Alberta, around location easily. For example, blue and gold colors, bull trout petrified wood, the wild rose, Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep are very common and well-known figures and symbols of Alberta.
People use them and their crafts on their daily life to show their origin. In addition, unlike Canada flag, province’s flag has a shield on the center of the flag which has a royal ultramarine blue background. Even the Heritage Canada Foundation considers Family Day as Heritage Day, this does not refer to actual Family Day which is celebrates on the third Monday of February.
In Heritage Day, people make many kinds of plans to use this holiday efficiently. Because they have a long weekend, most of them take a short trip around province or country for a couple days. Also, mostly they go to camp, nature trips or hiking tours. People who are not able to move to outside of city or province, they usually attend organizations which are held by people, private foundations and organizations and also local governmental services. Moreover, to know better their heritage and culture, going to museums or cultural and historical monuments is very good choice to value this day. As we mention above, festivals are also very popular places in Heritage Day. For example, in Edmonton Heritage Festival, generally about 400 000 people attend from 75 different cultures and about 70 different pavilions.
In Heritage Day, public transportation is focused on Edmonton Heritage Festival to carry thousands of people to festival location, so inner city transportation starts to use a special schedule for this day. Depend on owners, shops, stores or shopping centers are closed or opened in Heritage Day. Beside private businesses, governmental post offices are stopped to give service to people on August 7.