Bermuda has 10 public holidays throughout the year. Some, such as Bermuda Day and Cup Match (Emancipation Day and Somers’ Day), are unique to the island.
If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday it is usually observed the following Monday.
The table below shows all public holidays in Bermuda in 2013:
|New Year's Day||Tuesday, January 1 2013|
|Good Friday||Friday, March 29 2013|
|Bermuda Day||Friday, May 24 2013|
|National Heroes' Day||Monday, June 17 2013|
|Emancipation Day (Cup Match)||Thursday, August 1 2013|
|Somers' Day (Cup Match)||Friday, August 2 2013|
|Labour Day||Monday, September 2 2013|
|Remembrance Day||Monday, November 11 2013|
|Christmas Day||Wednesday, December 25 2013|
|Boxing Day||Thursday, December 26 2013|
Public holidays in 2014 are shown below:
|New Year's Day||Wednesday, January 1 2014|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 18 2014|
|Bermuda Day||Monday, May 26 2014|
|National Heroes' Day||Monday, June 16 2014|
|Emancipation Day (Cup Match)||Thursday, July 31 2014|
|Somers' Day (Cup Match)||Friday, August 1 2014|
|Labour Day||Monday, September 1 2014|
|Remembrance Day||Tuesday, November 11 2014|
|Christmas Day||Thursday, December 25 2014|
|Boxing Day||Friday, December 26 2014|
National holidays in 2015 are listed below:
|New Year's Day||Thursday, January 1 2015|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 3 2015|
|Bermuda Day||Monday, May 25 2015|
|National Heroes' Day||Monday, June 15 2015|
|Emancipation Day (Cup Match)||Thursday, July 30 2015|
|Somers' Day (Cup Match)||Friday, July 31 2015|
|Labour Day||Monday, September 7 2015|
|Remembrance Day||Wednesday, November 11 2015|
|Christmas Day||Friday, December 25 2015|
|Boxing Day||Saturday, December 26 2015|
New Year’s Eve street parties are held in both Hamilton and St George. The celebration in St George features a firework display and a Bermuda onion drop, the island’s take on the famous ball drop held at New York’s Times Square.
On New Year’s Day Gombey troupes dance around the neighbourhoods.
On Good Friday many Bermudians like to spend the day at the beach, fly traditional Bermuda kites, and eat fish cakes and hot cross buns.
The biggest event is the Good Friday KiteFest at Horseshoe Bay. It features kite flying contests, Gombey dancing, live music, and more. Admission is free.
Bermuda Day kicks off the start of the island’s summer season and is the day when many islanders take their first dip in the ocean.
The Bermuda Day Parade is the major event of the day. A colourful parade of Gombeys, majorettes, community floats winds its way along the streets of Hamilton. Competition for the best viewing spots is fierce. Many families arrive hours before the parade begins to lay claim to the prime spaces on Front Street.
National Heroes’ Day
Every year Bermuda honours those that have made significant contributions to the island’s development.
People selected in previous years include Dame Lois Browne-Evans (the first black woman MP), Sir Henry Tucker (founder of the United Bermuda Party), and Dr Edgar Fitzgerald Gordon (MP and civil rights activist).
Cup Match – Emancipation Day and Somers’ Day
Emancipation Day and Somers’ Day are public holidays held on the Thursday and Friday immediately before the first Monday in August.
Emancipation Day marks the anniversary of the 1834 Slavery Abolition Act while Somers’ Day honours the founder of Bermuda, Sir George Somers.
Cup Match, an annual cricket match between Somerset and St George’s, takes place over the two days.
Labour Day is a public holiday held on the first Monday in September. The island’s trade unions organise a rally, sporting events, and entertainment.
On Christmas Day hundreds of expatriate residents don bathing attire and Santa hats and head for Elbow Beach in Paget Parish