Albertans have been celebrating Heritage Day on the first Monday in August since 1974.

​Although it is not a statutory holiday, many Albertans use this day as an optional holiday to celebrate the province's heritage.

Here are some family-fun ideas for those lucky enough to have it off.

1. Heritage Park

What better way to spend Heritage Day than at Heritage Park. There will be music, wagon rides and even a pancake breakfast for the first 500 guests through the gates before 10:30 a.m.

Save the H

You can check out the Big H, among many other heritage landmarks, at Heritage Park during Monday's festivities. (Stacee Barton/CBC)

2. Fort Calgary

Learn about the city's history while enjoying family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Fort Calgary

Learn about the city's history while celebrating Heritage Day at Fort Calgary. (Fort Calgary/Facebook)

3. Bowness Heritage Street Festival 

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine and was organized to celebrate the community spirit in Bowness.

Bowness Heritage Day Street Festival

There will be tons of family-friendly activities down on the main street in Bowness Monday. (Bowness Heritage Day Street Festival/Facebook)

4. Olympic Plaza

There will be multicultural performances, ethnic foods and unique handicrafts for families to enjoy at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary from noon to 6 p.m.

Heritage Day at Olympic Plaza

The Haitian Pearls perform at last year's festival. (The Haitian Pearls/Calgary Folk Arts Council Facebook)

5. Symons Valley Ranch

Head down to Symons Valley Ranch at 9:30 p.m. for live music, food trucks and ice cream. Bring a blanket and watch the fireworks go off at 10:30 p.m.

Symons Valley Ranch

There will be fireworks bursting over Symons Valley Ranch on Heritage Day. (CBC)