Territory Day in British Virgin Islands in 2021

Territory Day in British Virgin Islands in 2021
Sunset on the British Virgin Islands. Image by Joann , via Pixabay

  How long until Territory Day?
This holiday next takes place in 329 days.
  Dates of Territory Day in British Virgin Islands
2022 British Virgin Islands Fri, Jul 1 Public Holiday
2021 British Virgin Islands Thu, Jul 1 Public Holiday
2020 British Virgin Islands Mon, Jun 29 Public Holiday
2019 British Virgin Islands Mon, Jul 1 Public Holiday
  Summary
Marks the abolishing of the Leeward Islands Federation in 1956

When is Territory Day?

Territory Day is a public holiday in the British Virgin Islands on July 1st. The date of the observed holiday may differ to create a long weekend.

History of Territory Day

The first European to see the islands was Christopher Columbus in 1493, on his second voyage. He named the islands after the story of St. Ursula and the Virgins. The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been under British control since 1672.

Did you know?

Between 1685 and 1690, the population of the territory was two - a Mr Jonathan Turner and his wife.

In 1871, BVI became part of the Federation of Leeward Islands along with other British colonies in the northeastern Caribbean Sea.

This holiday originated in 1956 when the federation was dissolved and the Colony of the Virgin Islands came into existence. The holiday was then known as Colony Day.

By the late 1960s, the larger colonies in the region were moving towards independence and official records began to refer to the Virgin Islands as a territory rather than a colony. In 1978, the Public Holiday Act was amended replacing Colony Day with Territory Day.

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