OTTAWA — Tens of thousands of revelers converged on Parliament Hill in pouring rain on Saturday as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation.


“We’re Canadians,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We can handle a little weather.”

President Trump tweeted his congratulations on Canada’s birthday, acknowledging the prime minister by name and calling him his “newfound friend.”

The celebrations include a concert of Canadian songs, a display from Canada’s aerobatics squadron the Snowbirds, a citizenship ceremony for new Canadians, and what is billed as the largest fireworks display in the country’s history.

Historic photo shows the scene where the proclamation of Confederation was read in Market Square, Kingston, Ontario, on 1 July 1867

The event marked the day in 1867 that the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia merged to form a self-governing state — to be joined later by Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island, and the territories of Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

The birthday bash in this country of 38 million people includes celebrations across Canada’s six time zones, from Newfoundland in the east to the Yukon Territory in the north-west.