August Bank Holiday in UK 2019

UK Regional holiday observed in the United Kingdom

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British countryside at sunset: Giuseppe Milo via Flickr

When is the August Bank Holiday?

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Dates of August Bank Holiday
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday
2019 Monday
2018 Monday
2017 Monday
2016 Monday
1 Day
August bank Holiday. This is a regional holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
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Scotland August Bank Holiday in Scotland

This is a bank holiday observed on the last Monday in August in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, it is observed on the first Monday in August.

Traditions of the August Bank Holiday

Unlike the Spring bank holidays, the August holiday does not represent a modern version of any older religious festival.

Maybe Sir John Lubbock did choose it in 1871 to coincide with a key cricket match, but more likely the date holiday in August was selected to give workers a last chance to enjoy the summer, before the long period without holidays up to Christmas.

The holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was moved to the last Monday in August in 1971 following a a successful trial that began in 1965. Scotland kept the original date.

The change to the end of August had been suggested for many years as the early August holiday almost always clashed with the traditional summer two week shut down of the major industries that started in the last week of July.

One of the most notable events that takes place on the August Bank Holiday is the Notting Hill Carnival. Carnival attracts around two million attendees to the streets of West London, making it one of the world's largest street festivals. It began in 1966, and is a celebration of London's Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions. Carnival lasts for two days and features a parade and live music, including reggae, steel bands and salsa.

Bank Holidays in the UK

On Bank Holidays, generally on a Monday, some shops and banks are closed. Shops that open may follow different trading hours than normal and transport may run on a reduced schedule. There will be no postal service.

Bank holidays were first introduced by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, which designated four holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and five in Scotland.

These were Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, the 26th December, and Whit Monday (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and New Year's Day, Good Friday, the first Monday in May, the first Monday in August, and Christmas Day (Scotland).

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