Our national holidays are certain to delight visitors of all ages. We hope you will join in the celebration, complete with Gombey dancers and maybe a parade. To get the most up to date calendar of our national Holidays, download it here.
New Year's Day
Sporting events held island wide and the Gombeys dance in the streets throughout the neighbourhoods. Wednesday, 1st January, 2014; Thursday, 1st January 2015; Friday, 1st January, 2016; Sunday, 1st January, 2017.
Bermudians traditionally spend the day kite flying in open fields and on beaches such as at Horseshoe Bay beach and eating codfish cakes and hot cross buns. Friday, 18th April, 2014; Friday, 3rd April, 2015; Friday, 25th March, 2016; Friday, 14th April, 2017.
Bermuda Day is the highlight of Heritage Month, the month of May. Formerly known as Victoria Day (after Queen Victoria) and later Empire Day, the holiday is now Bermuda Day...a day steeped in tradition. Bermudians traditionally take their first dip in the ocean; sporting events include the Half-Marathon Derby running races, plus fast-paced cycle and roller blade races all between Somerset Island and Pembroke Parish; the Bermuda Fitted Dinghies' first race of the season is held in St. George's Harbour. The afternoon features the colourful and cultural Bermuda Day Parade that winds through the streets of the City of Hamilton. Monday, 26th May, 2014; Monday, 25th May, 2015; Tuesday, 24th May, 2016; Wednesday, 24th May, 2017.
National Heroes' Day
Every year we honour those individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Bermuda's heritage and set a shining example of service on behalf of others. Monday, 16th June, 2014; Monday, 15th June, 2015; Monday, 20th June, 2016; Monday, 19th June, 2017.
Emancipation Day & Somers' Day
Before 1947, too many Bermudians were missing work to attend an annual cricket tournament, the Cup Match. So, it was declared a two-day holiday with historical reason: Emancipation Day commemorates the end of slavery (August 1, 1834); Somers' Day honours Admiral Sir George Somers whose shipwreck brought our first settlers. The two full days of cricket are broadcast live on both local radio and TV so you can follow the game while enjoying the beaches and parks or staying home and relaxing. Thursday & Friday, 31st July & 1st August, 2014; Thursday & Friday, 30th & 31st July, 2015; Thursday & Friday, 4th & 5th August, 2016; Thursday & Friday, 3rd & 4th August, 2017.
The Labour Day holiday activities are organised by the Joint Labour Day Organizing Committee that comprise all of Bermuda's trade unions and the corporate sector. The day's activities include a march, road races, entertainment, cultural food and exhibition. Monday, 1st September, 2014; Monday, 7th September, 2015; Monday, 5th September, 2016; Monday, 4th September, 2017.
Bermuda's Fallen Heroes are remembered and honoured in this solemn parade and service held at The Cenotaph on Front Street in the City of Hamilton. Tuesday, 11th November 2014; Wednesday, 11th November, 2015; Friday, 11th November, 2016; Saturday, 11th November, 2017.
Special Nativity Tidings and Christmas Eve midnight candlelight services in all denominations island wide. Thursday, 25th December, 2013; Friday, 25th December, 2015; Sunday, 25th December, 2016; Monday, 25th December, 2017.
Traditionally a day to visit friends and family or to receive guests and to finish off the Christmas eats such as cassava pie. Sporting activities include soccer and harness racing. Also, the Gombeys can appear anytime, anywhere! Friday, 26th December 2014; Saturday, 26th December, 2015; Monday, 26th December, 2016; Tuesday, 26th December, 2017.