Commemorative Dates and Observances

Throughout the year, Northumberland County commemorates a number of significant dates and events, including:

  • Statutory holidays
  • Days of cultural, heritage or religious significance
  • Days of remembrance

The commemorative observances raise awareness of important cultural celebrations, historic events, and charitable or public awareness initiatives in our community.

Planned observances and recognition

All dates listed below are recognized in the County's online event calendar and on our corporate social media feeds.

Some commemorative dates may also be recognized with special requests, including:

  • Proclamations to County Council
  • Raising a flag on the County's community flagpole, located at County Headquarters in Cobourg
  • Coloured light displays at County Headquarters
  • Lowering flags at County Headquarters on days of remembrance

Proclamation, lighting and community flag requests

To request a proclamation to County Council, coloured light display at County Headquarters and/or flag raising on the County's community flagpole in recognition of a commemorative date, please review our Commemorative Observances, Proclamations & Flags Policy and submit an application to our Proclamation, Lighting and Community Flag Request Form. 

Dates by month


January Commemorative Dates
Name of Commemorative date Observation dateSpecial requests 
New Year's Day  January 1 (County offices closed) N/A
National Ribbon Skirt Day  January 4


International Holocaust Remembrance Day  January 27
  • Building lit in yellow
  • Flag Lowered to half-mast 
Family Literacy Day  January 27


National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia January 29

Flag lowered to half-mast 


February Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Black History Month  February Proclamation 
Family Day  February 19th (County offices closed) N/A
International Mother Language Day February 21 N/A
Pink Shirt Day  February 28  N/A


March Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Amyloidosis Awareness Month  March  Proclamation
International Womens Day  March 8 N/A
Ramadan  March 10 N/A
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21  N/A
Good Friday  March 29 (County offices closed)  N/A
International Transgender Day of Visibility  March 31  N/A


April Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Dig Safe Month  April 
  • Proclamation
  • 'Dig Safe' flag raising 
Easter Monday  April 1 (County offices closed) N/A
Eid al-Fitr  April 10  N/A 
National Volunteer Week  April 14 - 20 Proclamation 
Earth Day  April 22 Proclamation 
Passover  April 22  N/A
National Day of Mourning  April 28 
  • Proclamation
  • Flags lowered to half-mast
  • Building lit in yellow


May Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation date Special requests 
Museum Month  May  Proclamation 
First Responders Day May 1 Proclamation 
National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQIA+ Peoples May 5 N/A
Emergency Preparedness Week  May 5 - 11 Proclamation 
Safety and Health Week  May 6 - 11  Proclamation 
National Nursing Week May 6 - 12 Proclamation
Provincial Day of Action on Litter May 14  N/A
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia  May 17 N/A
International Museum Day May 18  N/A
National Public Works Week May 19 - 25 Proclamation 
Paramedic Services Week May 19 - 25 Proclamation 
Victoria Day May 20 (County offices closed) N/A
National AccessAbility Week May 25 - June 1 Proclamation 


June Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Pride Month  June
  • Proclamation
  • Pride flag raising
National Indigenous Peoples Month  June  Proclamation
Seniors Month  June  Proclamation 
National Public Service Week June 9 - 15 N/A
Eid al-Adha  June 16  N/A 
World Sickle Cell Awareness Day June 19
  • Proclamation 
  • Building lit in red and white
National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21


National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism June 23 Flags lowered to half-mast
Canadian Multiculturalism Day June 27 N/A


July Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservance dateSpecial requests

Canada Day 

July 1 (County offices closed) N/A

National Drowning Prevention Week

July 21 - 27 N/A


August Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Emancipation Day August 1 N/A
Civic Holiday August 5 (County offices closed) N/A
International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples August 9 N/A


September Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Hunger Action Month September  Proclamation 
Labour Day September 2 (County offices closed) N/A
National Payroll Week September 3 - 7 N/A 
Powley Day  September 19  N/A 
National Forest Week  September 22 - 28 N/A
Gender Equality Week September 22 - 28 N/A
Local Love Week  September 22 - 28 Proclamation 
Rail Safety Week September 23 - 29 Proclamation 
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30
  • Proclamation
  • 'Every Child Matters' flag raising
  • Building lit in orange


October Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Women's History Month October  N/A
Hispanic Heritage Month October  Proclamation 
Cyber Security Month October Proclamation 
Rosh Hashanah October 2 - 4 N/A
World Homeless Day  October 10  Proclamation 
Ontario Agriculture Week  October 6 - 12  Proclamation
Fire Prevention Week October 6 - 12 N/A
Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day  To be confirmed Proclamation 
Yom Kippur  October 11 - 12  N/A
Local Government Week October 13 - 19 Proclamation 
Waste Reduction Week  October 13 - 19 N/A
Thanksgiving Day  October 14 (County offices closed)  N/A
Small Business Week  October 20 - 26 N/A


November Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
Diwali  November 1 N/A
Treaties Recognition Week November 4 - 9  N/A
Indigenous Veterans Day November 8 N/A
Remembrance Day November 11 (County offices closed)

Flags lowered to half-mast

Transgender Awareness Week November 13 - 19 
  • Proclamation 
  • Transgender flag raising
Louis Reil Day  November 16


Transgender Day of Remembrance  November 20


GIS Day  November 20 


National Housing Day November 22  Proclamation
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence November 25 - December 10
  • Proclamation 
  • Flag raising


December Commemorative Dates
Name of commemorative dateObservation dateSpecial requests
International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3 Proclamation 
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6 Flags lowered to half-mast
Hanukkah December 25 - January 3 N/A
Christmas Day  December 25 (County offices closed)  N/A
Boxing Day  December 26 (County offices closed)  N/A