My favorite day of the year! Living in Ottawa (the capital), this holiday has a special significance.

The build-up to the fireworks on Parliament Hill tends to litter the entire city with rowdy drunken Canadians regardless of the weather (which is fine with me!). The really hard-core patriots are prone to throwing themselves into the canal with loud whoops of joy.Spontaneous hugs from strangers and gratuitous body art are all common occurences in the streets of downtown, and if you stand at the higher east end of Rideau street you can watch the people flow like a river over the pavement. I've never seen so much noise, love, and alcohol packed into one city.