May 19, 2017 5:00 am
Updated: May 24, 2017 10:30 am

COMMENTARY: Happy May 2-4, eh!

Many Canadians will take to the parks to watch fireworks and partake in other outdoor adventures this Victoria Day weekend.

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Ah, the May 2-4 weekend, aka Victoria Day.

The name is as unique as the country itself.

Where else do they describe a holiday weekend by drawing a comparison to a case of beer?

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The day is to mark the birth of Queen Victoria, born on May 241819 at Kensington Palace in the U.K.

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The long weekend is celebrated here and in Scotland on the third Monday preceding May 25.

More importantly, it also signifies the unofficial start of summer in Canada.

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After a winter of cabin fever, the May long weekend often signals the time to shed a layer of clothing and rediscover the great outdoors.

Watching playoff hockey usually moves out to the backyard, patio, porch, cottage or pool deck — only to find most of us retreating from a swarm of black flies, mosquitoes, freezing rain or snow.

The Victoria Day weekend is as Canadian as back bacon, beaver tails and winter BBQs.

Have a safe one.

To the Queen!

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show at AM900 CHML and a commentator for Global News. 

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