Bahamas Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • The Bahamas or known officially as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an archipelagic state within the Lucayan Archipelago
  • Junkanoo is a traditional Afro-Bahamian street parade of ‘rushing’, music, dance and art held in Nassau (and a few other settlements) every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
  • Public Holidays Act of 2000 stipulates that all employees are entitled to a pay day of for public holidays
  • A premium pay is guaranteed to employees who require to work on public holiday
  • Holidays that falls on a Saturday or Sunday are usually observed on the following Monday
  • Holidays that falls on Tuesday are usually celebrated on the previous Monday
  • Holidays that falls on a Wednesday or a Thursday usually celebrated on the following Friday (with the exception of Independence Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
  • Banks, many businesses and shops are closed on public holidays and Sundays, except tourist areas


1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday - Public Holiday as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
10 JanTueMajority Rule Day Holiday - marks the Bahamas gaining majority rule for the first time on 10 January 1967. 2017 marks the Golden Anniversary (50th Anniversary) of this event. Majority Rule Day became a public holiday in 2014
14 AprFriGood Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
17 AprMonEaster Monday - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
2 JunFriLabor Day - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
5 JunMonWhit Monday - 7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday. Commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament of the Bible
10 JulMonIndependence Day - Commemorates the day when The Bahamas became a fully independent nation on July 10, 1973, separating from the United Kingdom
7 AugMonEmancipation Day - Celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the British colonies in 1834. First Monday in August
9 OctMonNational Heroes Day - Discovery Day / Columbus Day. Is a holiday dedicated to honoring Bahamian national heroes since 2013. Second Monday in October
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueBoxing Day - 2nd Day of Christmas

1 JanThursNew Year's Day
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
25 MayMonWhitmonday
5 JunFriSir Randol Fawkes Day
10 JulFriIndependence Day
3 AugMonEmancipation Day
12 OctMonNational Heroes Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatBoxing Day
28 DecMonBoxing Day (observed)

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
16 MayMonWhitmonday
3 JunFriSir Randol Fawkes Day
10 JulSunIndependence Day
1 AugMonEmancipation Day
10 OctMonNational Heroes Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day
27 DecTueChristmas Day (observed)

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
10 JanWedMajority Rule Day Holiday (50th Anniversary of Majority Rule in The Bahamas)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
21 MayMonWhit Monday (7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday)
1 JunFriLabor Day (First Friday in June)
10 JulTueIndependence Day
6 AugMonEmancipation Day (First Monday in August)
8 OctMonNational Heroes Day (Second Monday in October)
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day

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