June 24 Juin – La Fête Nationale: What’s open, what’s closed on June 24, 2016

24 tháng 6 là ngày Lễ Quốc Khánh của Québec
St-Jean-Baptiste Day, officially known as the Fête nationale du Québec, brings a parade todowntown Montreal and a number of closures to government offices and businesses around the city.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (French: Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste), officially known in Quebec as La fête nationale,

(English: National Holiday) is a holiday celebrated annually on June 24, the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In Quebec, it is a public holiday with festivities occurring on June 23 and 24 which are publicly financed and organized by a Comité organisateur de la fête nationale (Organizing Committee of the National Holiday). June 24 is also celebrated as a festival of French Canadian culture in other Canadian provinces] and the United States.

La Fête nationale du Québec, traditionnellement appelée la Saint-Jean-Baptiste ou Saint-Jean, est la fête nationale desQuébécois. En vertu de la Loi sur la fête nationale1, le 24 juin est une journée fériée et chômée au Québec.

Cette date est d’abord celle de la fête religieuse célébrant la naissance de Jean le Baptiste qui s’est plus tard imposée, à partir de 1834, comme fête nationale des Canadiens français. Reconnue jour férié par la province de Québec dans les années 1920, le gouvernement souverainiste du Parti québécois l’a déclarée « fête nationale du Québec » en 1977.

Depuis 1984, le Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois est officiellement responsable de la coordination des festivités qui se déroulent les 23 et 24 juin de chaque année.

Défilé de la Fête nationale du Québec, à Montréal, le 24 juin 2006

Banks, SAQ outlets and most grocery stores are closed June 24

Find out what’s open and closed in Quebec on this holiday. (Radio-Canada)

Here’s a breakdown of what’s open and what’s closed for the June 24 holiday.

Pickup services

  • Garbage, green waste and recyclables are being picked up by their regular schedule except in Lachine, Ville-Marie and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension where they are postponed.
  • Eco-centres are open according to their regular summer schedules.


  • The Fête Nationale parade starts at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Guy streets at 1 p.m., proceeding east on Ste. Catherine Street to de Bleury Street near Place des Festivals.
  • Arenas, pools, libraries and cultural centres vary according their their boroughs.
  • The Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History will be open.
  • The Biodôme, Insectarium, Planetarium and Botanical Garden are open. More information here.
  • The Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard will be closed.


  • Shopping centres, SAQ outlets, banks, most supermarkets are closed.
  • Many pharmacies, gas stations and restaurants remain open despite the holiday, though some may have reduced hours.
  • The Atwater, Jean-Talon, Maisonneuve and Lachine markets are open.

Government and transit

  • Government offices and municipal administration offices are closed.
  • Post offices are closed and there is no delivery or collection.
  • Some STM bus routes have been altered or are running on a holiday schedule. Check the schedule here.
  • Parking pay stations and meters remain operational.