People wearing ornate costumes for Bahamas Junkanoo celebration

Bahamian Public Holidays

  • New Years Day: January 1
  • Good Friday: Friday before Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday: Easter Monday
  • Whit Monday: Seventh Monday After Easter Sunday
  • Labour Day: First Friday in June
  • Bahamas Independance Day: July 10
  • Emancipation Day: First Monday in August
  • National Heroes Day (Discovery Day): October 12
  • Christmas: December 25
  • Boxing Day: December 26
Please note:

Holidays falling on a Saturday or Sunday are usually celebrated on the following Monday.

Holidays falling on Tuesday are usually celebrated on the previous Monday.

Holidays falling on Wednesday or Thursday are celebrated on the following Friday ( with the exception of Independence Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day ).

Banks / businesses and many shops are closed on public holidays.