As residents gather at barbecues, parks and parades across the country to celebrate Canada Day, many in Quebec will be focused on other things, whether it's moving apartments or relaxing in the sun.

The national holiday has never attracted the same level of flag-waving patriotism in Quebec seen in other parts of the country.

Many in the province consider themselves Quebecers first, and Canadians second.

The province's St. Jean Baptiste Day festivities, held seven days earlier, bring together far more people.