Public holidays in Gibraltar


The public holidays in Gibraltar are a mix of "bank holidays" and "public holidays" and are often used interchangeably, although strictly and legally there is a difference. Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice.[1]

DateNameNotes
1 JanuaryNew Year's Dayfrom 1974, by Royal Proclamation. currently[when?] not proclaimed if 1 January falls on Saturday or Sunday.
variableCommonwealth Day[2]Second Monday of March
variableGood FridayTraditional common law holiday Falls on 19 April in 2019.
Easter MondayStatutory bank holiday, defined by name. Falls on 22 April in 2019.
variableWorkers' Memorial DayUsually on 28 April or Monday following if date falls on a weekend. [3]
1 MayMay Day Bank Holiday
Last Monday in MaySpring Bank HolidayStatutory bank holiday from 1971, following a trial period from 1965 to 1970. Replaced Whit Monday, which was formerly a public holiday whose date varied according to the date of Easter. The legislation does not specify a name for the holiday, merely when it occurs. Falls on 27 May in 2019.
variableQueen's BirthdayUsually on Monday after second Saturday in June.
Last Monday in AugustLate Summer Bank HolidayStatutory bank holiday from 1971, following a trial period from 1965 to 1970. Replaced the first Monday in August (formerly commonly known as "August Bank Holiday". The legislation does not specify a name for the holiday, merely when it occurs. Falls on 26 August in 2019.
10 SeptemberGibraltar National Day
25 DecemberChristmas DayTraditional common law holiday
26 December (see Notes)Boxing DayStatutory bank holiday. Legislation does not name the holiday, but states that it falls on "26th December, if it be not a Sunday." Public Holiday in 2019.

References

  1. "HM Government of Gibraltar - BANK AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. "The rocky road to Spain". BBC News. 2002. Archived from the original on 18 February 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. "BANK HOLIDAYS 2019.pdf" (PDF). HM Government of Gibraltar. 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.