When I think of May Long weekend, I think of camping, family picnics at the park and starting the garden. It feels like the un-official start of a new season, as we begin to look forward to summer and all of our favourite warm weather activities. Typically there are parades, fireworks and all sorts of festivities as well – and it has been that way for hundreds of years. Victoria Day began as a birthday celebration for British monarch, Queen Victoria, and included all sorts of fun festivities.

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Check out CBC Kids to learn more about the history behind Victoria Day.

Celebrating Victoria Day At Home

This year, there will be no big group celebrations or late night fireworks. But you can still infuse a little fun into your Victoria Day at home with these simple and inexpensive ideas!

Watch a fireworks performance fromĀ Canada’s Wonderland … the little ones won’t have to stay up late and you can control the volume too!

Have a family backyard campfire and light some sparklers for a mini fireworks experience. No campfire is complete without some treats – check out these fire pit recipes from Frugal Girls.

For the teens and adults, cozy up and watch a movie about Queen Victoria, like The Young Victoria or Victoria & Abdul (both of which are on Netflix Canada.)

The younger crowd would have fun creating theseĀ Fireworks Crafts from The Inspired Home.

Happy Victoria Day, Edmonton!