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Happy Birthday, Saint John


The City of Saint John will celebrate its 234th birthday on Saturday, May 18, and you are invited to join the festivities.

All day at the New Brunswick Museum is free of admission courtesy of International Museum Day.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Market Square Atrium, the Town Crier will deliver the Loyalist Day proclamation. Saint Mary's Band will provide musical entertainment, along with a re-enactment by DeLancey's Brigade. Members of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association will be in period dress to also commemorate the 236th anniversary of the Loyalist Landings. 

Mayor Don Darling and other dignitaries will be in attendance and Saint John's official birthday cake will be cut and shared following the ceremony.

At 12 noon the guns of the 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company) will fire their customary 21-gun salute from the waterfront near the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal in honour of the day. 

For further information, visit saintjohn.ca/events

Saint John is Canada’s First City – and a city of firsts!

Saint John is the oldest incorporated city in Canada. The municipality was created by Royal Charter in 1785, before Canada was even a country! 
The first recorded tourist in Saint John, Samuel de Champlain, came from Brouage France in 1604. Champlain named the river the St. John, because it was St. John the Baptist’s Day. Our city is named after the river.
The first chartered bank in Canada, Bank of New Brunswick, was established in 1820.
Saint John is home to the first YMCA in Canada, established in 1870.
Saint John is known for the first public museum in Canada in 1842, founded by Dr. Abraham Gesner.
The first Boys and Girls Club of Canada was founded in Saint John in 1902.
Canada’s first biscuit factory, Rankin Biscuits, was established in 1801.
The first foghorn was invented in Saint John by Robert Foulis in 1854. Rumour has it, that’s where we got the “Foggy City” name.
Thomas MacAvity invented the first vortex flushing toilet, which creates the self-cleaning effect, in 1907.
The first dump box for trucks was invented here in 1920. Today, it’s known as the dump truck.
Charles Gorman set world records in 1927 and became the first world-speed skating champion.



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