Today is Orangemen's Day
Orangemen's Day is generally celebrated by people with a Protestant Irish or Scottish background, particularly those who support the Orange Order.
In some areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, parades are organized by Lodges of the Orange Order.
During these parades, members of the lodges and their families march along a pre-arranged route carrying banners showing the name of the lodge and symbols associated with the Orange Order.
The Monday closest to July 12 is a provincial holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador. Provincial offices and some businesses and organizations may be closed or offer a limited service but post offices and many stores are open and public transport services operate to their usual schedules.
Orangemen's Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Canada.
The Battle of the Boyne in 1690 is seen as an important part of Ireland's history and pivotal in the power balance Protestants and Catholics in Great Britain and Ireland. Orangemen's Day is also celebrated in parts of the United Kingdom, especially in Northern Ireland.