National Heroes Day in Bermuda

National Heroes Day is a public holiday in Bermuda that is observed annually and honors Bermudians who have made significant contributions to Bermudian society. This holiday is observed on the third Monday in June and includes a ceremony that honors individuals selected to be Bermuda’s next heroes.

It is quite an honor since once a person has become a national hero, they will remain one for life. This holiday was first observed in 2008 and has been celebrated every year since. The first national hero was Dame Lois Browne-Evans.

The History Of National Heroes Day In Bermuda

National Heroes Day became a national holiday in Bermuda when it replaced Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday as an official holiday. It was established as a holiday that honors men and women who performed selfless acts of public service to improve the country.

As mentioned above, being named a national hero is a lifetime honor. Some of the past national heroes honored on this day include Sir Edward Trenton Richards, Mary Prince, and Sir John Swan.

Fun Facts About Bermuda

Below is an assortment of fun facts about Bermuda that we would like everyone to consider when observing this holiday.

  • Bermuda is home to the Bermuda Fireworm, a luminescent creature that can be seen on hot summer nights in the ocean around Bermuda.
  • Bermuda has been named the “Shipwreck Capital of the World.”
  • Sailors were scared of the islands because they thought demons lived there, due to the cries of the now-endangered Cahow seabird.

Observing National Heroes Day in Bermuda

The main centerpiece of this holiday is the ceremony to honor Bermudians who are going to be given the title of national hero. It is also a day off for the general population, and schools and many businesses are closed for the day.

Where is it celebrated?
Bermuda (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
June 17 Monday
Next year (2025)
June 16 Monday
Last year (2023)
June 19 Monday