Many retail businesses in the Beaches are closed, by law, on statutory holidays (July 1 and Labour Day). The Beaches is not designated a tourist area, like some areas, so businesses in the Beaches that do open face fines.
There are a few exceptions, for example, if your store is under 2,400 square feet, such as neighbourhood drug store, convenience store or gas station.
The first Monday in August is observed as a civic holiday in Toronto. Stores do not have to close unless they choose to do so.
The concept of a midsummer holiday for a “day of recreation” in Toronto dates as far back as 1869.