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National Heroes' Day in Barbados

Public Holiday in Barbados

National Heroes' Day is a Public Holiday in Barbados on 28 April

When is National Heroes' Day in Barbados?

How long until National Heroes Day?
This holiday next takes place in 159 Days.
Dates of National Heroes Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Sunday April 28th
2018 Saturday April 28th
2017 Friday April 28th
2016 Thursday April 28th
2015 Tuesday April 28th
2014 Monday April 28th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Barbadian National Heroes are the designees of the Order of National Heroes Act, as passed by the Parliament of Barbados in 1998

National Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Barbados on 28 April. If 28 January falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday.

This public holiday celebrates the contribution of 10 national heroes to Barbados.

History of National Heroes' Day

The National Heroes of Barbados are the designees of the Order of National Heroes Act, which was passed by the Parliament of Barbados in 1998. The National Heroes were given the title 'The Right Excellent" as part of the act.

The people chosen were deemed to have given outstanding service to Barbados and contributed to the improvement of the economic and social conditions of Barbados.

The ten National Heroes are:

  1. Bussa (d. 1816 )
  2. Sarah Ann Gill (1795–1866)
  3. Samuel Jackman Prescod (1806–1871)
  4. Charles Duncan O'Neal (1879–1936)
  5. Sir Grantley Herbert Adams (1898–1971)
  6. Clement Osbourne Payne (1904–1941)
  7. Sir Hugh Worrell Springer (1913–1994)
  8. Sir Frank Leslie Walcott (1916–1998)
  9. Errol Walton Barrow (1920–1987)
  10. Sir Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers (b. 1936)

 

The first National Heroes Day was celebrated on 28 April 1998, the centenary of the birth of Sir Grantley Adams.

It can be said that Errol Barrow is remembered in two public holidays as he was declared as one of 10 Bajan National Heroes in 1998 and Earl Barrow Day is a public holiday in Barbados on 21 January.

Bussa is also remembered on Emancipation Day in Barbados, which is a public holiday on 1 August.

How is National Heroes' Day celebrated?

As a public holiday, commercial businesses will close and transport may run on a reduced schedule, but all the tourist facilities on the island remain open.

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