Few summertime bashes rival a countrys birthday party in the national capital. But instead of heading south to Washington this year, journey north to celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa on July 1. The flag-waving and fireworks may be familiar, albeit maple-leafed, but the parading Mounties and Changing of the Guard are purely Canadian. Parliament Hill is the locale for the celebration with noontime and nighttime concerts featuring the Barenaked Ladies. Queen Elizabeth II will be a guest of honor. Stay nearby at the castle-like Fairmont Château Laurier, take a guided tour of Parliament the following day, and still be home for a star-spangled Fourth.