Public Holidays

Public Holidays

Acting in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Holidays Act (Cap 199), as amended, Cabinet has approved the following public holidays for 2022: 

Monday, 3rd January (In lieu of Sunday, 2nd January) - New Year's Day

Monday, 7th March (In lieu of Tuesday, 7th March) - Anniversary of the Birth of Hamilton Lavity Stoutt

This holiday commemorates the birthday of the late Hamilton Lavity Stoutt, who was born 7th March 1929. The Honorable H.L. Stoutt was first elected to the Legislative Council in 1957 and was re-elected every succeeding election until his death in May, 1995, thus, serving for a period of 38 years. He was the first Chief Minister to be appointed upon the introduction of the Ministerial System of the Government in the Virgin Islands in 1967. He served four terms as the Chief Minister for the Territory. 

Friday, 15th April - Good Friday

Good Friday commemorates the day that Jesus died on the cross. [Businesses in the BVI are not permitted to sell liquour on Good Friday until 6 p.m.]

Monday, 16th April - Easter Monday

Friday, 3rd June - Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

Monday, 6th June - Whit Monday

Whit Monday is the Monday after Pentecost (Whit Sunday).

Monday, 4th July - Virgin Islands Day

Monday, 1st August - Emancipation Monday, A celebration of the emancipation from slavery in 1834.

Tuesday, 2nd August - Emancipation Tuesday 

Wednesday, 3rd August - Emancipation Wednesday

Monday, 17th October - Hero's and Forefathers Day

Monday, 28th November - The commemoration of the 1949 Great March and Restoration of the Legislative Counsil. 

Monday, 26th December - Christmas Day (December 25)

Tuesday, 27th December - Boxing Day

Boxing Day is the first weekday after Christmas, which exists due to the British custom of giving Christmas boxes to tradesman and staff on this day.