Public Holidays:

  • January 1: New Year Day
  • March 29: Good Friday
  • April 1: Easter Monday
  • May 20: Whit Monday
  • June 7: Labour Day
  • July 10: Independence Day
  • August 5: Emancipation Day
  • October 12: National Heroes' Day
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing Day

Special Events:

  • January-Junkanoo
  • February-Spring Break Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival
    Held in Exuma, this event sees cultural activities such as poetry reading, singing, storytelling and native arts and crafts.
  • April
    • International Beer Festival
      Held at the Olde Town Mall, Sandyport, and this popular event sees over 30 beers of both local and international origin, available for sampling; a great way to quench that summer thirst.
  • May
    • Bahamas Film Festival
      This ten-day festival held at the Galleria Cinemas in Nassau is a showcase for full-length movies, documentaries, video shorts and animation pieces made by Bahamian Film producers.
  • June
    • Junkanoo in June
      January and December’s popular Junkanoo festival gets another chance to be celebrated with a similar array of festivities and some added extras. The festival runs from 9 June through until 29 July.
  • July-Independence Day

    • Discovery Day
      Also called Columbus Day in some countries, this national holiday celebrates the travelling triumphs of one of the world’s most famous explorers.
  • December
    • Christmas Day
      Bahamians celebrate the culmination of the festive period with traditional activities.
    • Junkanoo
      the Junkanoo festival kicks in with another round of lively festivities.