Errol Barrow Day in Barbados in 2023

Errol Barrow Day in Barbados in 2023

  How long until Errol Barrow Day?
Errol Barrow Day
  Dates of Errol Barrow Day in Barbados
2024 Barbados Mon, Jan 22 Bank Holiday (in lieu)
2023 Barbados Sat, Jan 21 Bank Holiday
2022 Barbados Fri, Jan 21 Bank Holiday
2021 Barbados Thu, Jan 21 Bank Holiday
2020 Barbados Tue, Jan 21 Bank Holiday
  Summary

Commemorates the Birthday of Errol Barrow, who was the first Prime Minister of Barbados

When is Errol Barrow Day?

The holiday is celebrated on January 21st. If January 21st falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be a public holiday.

This public holiday celebrates the birthday of Errol Barrow, the first Prime Minister of Barbados.

History of Errol Barrow Day

Born on January 21st 1920, Errol Walton Barrow served in the RAF during the Second World War, flying in over 40 bombing missions over Europe.

According to BajanThings.com, Barrow was an RAF Navigator in 88 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force (TAF). He saw active service supporting the Allied ground forces, bombing German communication infrastructure positions and airfields where he accrued 48 bombing sorties giving him 103 hours and 25 mins combat flying time.

After the war, he earned his law degree in England before returning to Barbados.

His political career began in 1951 when he was elected as a member of parliament for the Barbados Labour Party. In 1955, he became a founding member of the Democratic Labour Party, becoming its leader in 1958. He became Premier of Barbados in 1961.

Barrow was a key figure in the movement for independence and became the first Prime Minister of Barbados on 30 November 1966. During his time as prime minister, he is credited for introducing free education, National Insurance, improving health care and expanding the tourism sector.

After two terms as Prime Minister, he lost the election in 1976. He became Prime Minister for the second time in 1986 but died suddenly while in office on September  8th 1987.

His birthday was made a public holiday in 1989 and at the same time, he was further honoured by his portrait being put on the Barbadian $50 dollar note and a key highway from the airport named after him.

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 National Heroes Day is a public holiday in Barbados on April 28th.

How is Errol Barrow 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.

The Democratic Labour Party will organise celebrations and a picnic in Barclays Park, which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966 to mark the independence of Barbados.

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