Victoria Day in 2019
In 2019 the Victoria Day holiday is on Monday, May 20.
Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday.
In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriotes Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes).
Victoria Day is also commonly referred to as the "May two-four weekend" or the "May long weekend" and it marks the unofficial start of the cottage season where cases of beer* are consumed by hard working Canadians. That's what we heard anyway. Or maybe it's called May two-four because May 24, 1819 is Queen Victoria's birthday :-)
FYI: Prince Edward (1767–1820) after whom PEI was named was Queen Victoria's father.
Victoria Day is a non-statutory "general" holiday in the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. In Quebec the National Patriots' Day is commemorted on this day.*A case of beer containing 24 bottles or cans is called a two-four.
Victoria Day Observances
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Definitely an Ontario colloquialism. I've lived in several places throughout Northern and Southern Ontario and it's a common phrase.
Maybe somewhere in Ontario it's called a 2-4 weekend but not common for the rest of Canada as the author has stated. I've lived in BC and Alberta, have many relatives, and never heard anyone call this a 2-4 weekend. We have friends from Newfoundland that we camp with every year and they call it May Long Weekend just like us.
May Long, 2-4 is definitely a common reference in Ontario to the long weekend and the connection to a case of 24 beers is inescapable.
"May 24" :-)
Listen to Rush (Lakeside Park)
As a Canadian who has lived in three provinces and one territory, and visited all of them more than once and I have never heard anyone refer to this as 2-4 day. I'm guessing it's the author's "cool" Canadian cousin that does this and only his one cousin and no one has bothered to call them on it.