Bermuda Day

Observed on the last Friday in the month of May, Bermuda Day is a public holiday on the islands of Bermuda. It was originally known as Empire Day and was used to commemorate the birthday of Queen Victoria, but when the islands gained independence from the U.K, this day was transformed as a day to celebrate Bermudian culture, heritage, and national identity.

Up until 2018, it was celebrated on May 24th of each year, but it’s now celebrated on the last Friday in May. On this day, the islands are alive with excitement and there are plenty of activities that can be found across the island.

The History Of Bermuda Day

In 1902, Empire Day was created to observe the birthday of Queen Victoria-the Queen of the UK and Great Britain and Ireland who had died on January 22, 1901. This day was celebrated all over the United Kingdom, including Canada and the Bermuda Islands. In Canada, this holiday is still celebrated as Victoria Day.

In Bermuda, however, the name would be changed. First, in 1958, when it would become Commonwealth Day after a number of countries gained their independence from Great Britain, and then as Bermuda Day in 1979. Up until 2018, the day was celebrated on May 24th, but after that date, it would be moved to the last Friday in May.

Observing Bermuda Day

All across Bermuda, there are a variety of different events as crowds fill the streets on Bermuda Day. Not only is there a Bermuda Day Parade that’s held in Hamilton and has been held every day since 1979, but there are also sporting events such as cricket matches and marathons.

There are also various sailing events that are held on this day. On the Internet, people use the hashtag #BermudaDay to post pictures of the Bermuda Day parade, the iconic Gombey dancers, and the colorful and entertaining floats. This is a day for everyone on the island to be happy, to celebrate their national identity and heritage, and to just have a carefree day. Bermuda is alive with food, music, and entertainment, so this is a great time for tourists to visit the island.

Where is it celebrated?
Bermuda (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
May 26 Friday
Next year (2024)
May 31 Friday
Last year (2022)
May 27 Friday