Source:Bermuda Department of Communication and Information (Hamilton)
Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 Updated: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
The Bill to change the date on which Bermuda Day public holiday is celebrated, the "Public Holidays Amendment Act 2017", from May 24th to the last Friday in May, has passed in the House of Assembly of Bermuda.
Earlier this month (2017-11-04), Bermuda's Minister of Social Development and Sport, Zane DeSilva, had announced that, henceforth, the annual Bermuda Day public holiday would be observed on the last Friday of May, instead of the hitherto fixed date of May 24.
Today's vote is the long culmination of repeated attempts by Michael Weeks, who, when he was Bermuda's Shadow Minister of Economic Development, had already introduced the "Public Holidays Amendment Act 2014" (2014-06-30), and more recently (2017-05-15), when, as Bermuda's Shadow Minister of Community, Youth and Sports, he once again introduced a "Public Holidays Amendment Act" in the House of Assembly for Bermuda Day to fall on the Friday before the last Monday of May each year, instead of the fixed date of May 24.
Bermuda's Minister of Social Development and Sports, Zane DeSilva, stated in a brief accompanying the legislation that "Currently, the Bermuda Day Public Holiday is recognized on the 24th of May and this Bill proposes that the day of observance should be changed to the last Friday in May of each year. It is anticipated that this change will have effect from May 2018 onwards.".