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United Kingdom bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2019, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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United Kingdom Public Holidays in 2019 Observance*
Jan.    Tue New Year's Day
        Wed New Year Holiday (SCT) Regional
Mar.    Sun Saint Patrick's Day (NIR) Regional
        Mon Saint Patrick's Day Holiday (NIR) Regional
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Mon Easter Monday (except SCT)
May   6 Mon May Day Bank Holiday
     27 Mon Spring Bank Holiday
July 12 Fri Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen's Day (NIR) Regional
Aug.  5 Mon Summer Bank Holiday (banks are open) (SCT) Regional
     26 Mon Summer Bank Holiday (except SCT)
     26 Mon Summer Bank Holiday (banks only) (SCT) Reg+Bnk
Dec. 25 Wed Christmas Day
     26 Thu Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

22 Feb 2019 UK Considering 2020 Public Holidays Changes (YouGov-London) The UK Prime Minister's official spokesman has announced that it was considering moving the 2020 early May bank holiday from Monday, May 4, 2020, to Friday, May 8, 2020, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.  27 Nov 2017 UK Rules-Out Royal Wedding Public Holiday (YouGov-London) The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has ruled-out the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in the UK, on the occasion of the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  23 Apr 2017 UK To Get 4 New Public Holidays Under Labour (BBC News) The leader of the UK's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has announced that, were Labour to win the upcoming, June 8, general elections, his Labour government would create four new UK-wide bank holidays on the patron saint's day of each of the home nations.  08 Mar 2017 UK Mulls Queen Sapphire Jubilee Public Holiday In 2017 (The House of Commons-London) The "Queen's Sapphire Jubilee Bill" has been introduced to UK's Parliament by Conservative MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell, under the Ten Minute Rule as a Private Member’s Bill "to make provision for a national public holiday marking the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee in 2017".  07 Mar 2016 UK Mulls Wales Public Holidays Bill (UK House of Commons Information Office-London) The Private Members' Bill "Devolution (Bank Holidays) (Wales) Bill 2015-16" has been introduced in the UK House of Commons under the "Ten Minute Rule" (SO No 23) by MP Mark Williams, and had its first reading.  18 Jul 2015 Scotland 2016-2018 Public Holidays Announced (The devolved government for Scotland-Edinburgh) The devolved government for Scotland has released a list of the 2016-2018 bank holidays (aka public holidays) in Scotland for the period of 2016-2018.  17 Jun 2014 UK Rejects New Religious Public Holidays (YouGov-London) The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has issued its decision on another petition to declare 2 new annual non-working public holidays (aka. bank holidays in the UK), one for the Hindu festival of Diwali, and another one for one of the "Eid" Muslim festivals.  24 Nov 2013 UK Mulls NI Peace Public Holiday (The Irish Examiner-Cork) The British Labour Party has proposed that a new non-working public holiday (aka. bank holiday, in the UK) should be created in Northern Ireland to celebrate the achievements of the peace process since the Good Friday agreement of the late nineties.  09 Jul 2013 UK Mulls Royal Baby Public Holiday (YouGov-London) According to a recent poll by the internet-based market research firm YouGov, the UK public is evenly split on whether another one-off public holiday should be declared for the upcoming birth/christening of the child of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  27 Feb 2013 Wales FM Favors March 1st Public Holiday (BBC News) Responding to the Welsh Conservatives' call for a new annual non-working public holiday in Wales on March 1st to commemorate Saint David's Day, the First Minister of Wales announced that he was in favour of seeking the power to declare a public holiday in Wales.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the United Kingdom public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in the United Kingdom are regulated by the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 which repealed the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, and was later amended in 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1978.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend are moved to the following Monday.  May Day Bank Holiday is sometimes referred to as Early May Bank Holiday.  The Summer Bank Holiday is a major full-blown public holiday despite the fact that it is observed on different dates depending if one considers Scotland or the rest of the UK, and is therefore classified as a "regional" public holiday.  United Kingdom International Codes GB and GBR (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .uk (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of United Kingdom information and news: Bank of England (United Kingdom central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (United Kingdom maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in United Kingdom), and Wikipedia (includes United Kingdom commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in United Kingdom, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2019 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for United Kingdom, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of United Kingdom, before planning any trip to United Kingdom. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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