Today, in Canada anyway, it's Victoria Day. I had no idea why we celebrate Victoria Day, so of course I did the logical thing and Googled it. It was first celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday, then:
After the death of Queen Victoria, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24 in each year (or May 25 if May 24 fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day. An amendment to the Statutes of Canada in 1952 established the celebration of Victoria Day on the Monday preceding May 25, making it the first long weekend of the summer season.
I still don't really get it. I'm not a monarchist by any means, although I have Loyalist ancestors, but anything that makes a long weekend is ok by me.
So, while the barbecues are being fired up, grab a good book about Her Majesty, put your feet up and relax.