Emancipation Day around the world in 2021

Emancipation Day around the world in 2021

  How long until Emancipation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 310 days in Bermuda.
  Dates of Emancipation Day around the world
2022 Various Jul 28, Aug 1
BahamasMon, Aug 1National Holiday
BermudaThu, Jul 28National Holiday
DominicaMon, Aug 1National Holiday
GrenadaMon, Aug 1National Holiday
GuyanaMon, Aug 1National Holiday
JamaicaMon, Aug 1National Holiday
MontserratMon, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint LuciaMon, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Aug 1National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Aug 1National Holiday
2021 Various Jul 29, Aug 1, Aug 2
BahamasMon, Aug 2National Holiday
BermudaThu, Jul 29National Holiday
DominicaMon, Aug 2National Holiday
GrenadaMon, Aug 2National Holiday
Guyana Aug 1, Aug 2
GuyanaMon, Aug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
GuyanaSun, Aug 1National Holiday
Jamaica Aug 1, Aug 2
JamaicaMon, Aug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
JamaicaSun, Aug 1National Holiday
MontserratMon, Aug 2National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Aug 2National Holiday
Saint LuciaSun, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Aug 1, Aug 2
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Aug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSun, Aug 1National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Aug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
2020 Various Jul 30, Aug 1, Aug 3
BahamasMon, Aug 3National Holiday
BermudaThu, Jul 30National Holiday
DominicaMon, Aug 3National Holiday
GrenadaMon, Aug 3National Holiday
GuyanaSat, Aug 1National Holiday
JamaicaSat, Aug 1National Holiday
MontserratMon, Aug 3National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Aug 3National Holiday
Saint LuciaSat, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSat, Aug 1National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Aug 3National Holiday (in lieu)
2019 Various Aug 1, Aug 5
BahamasMon, Aug 5National Holiday
BermudaThu, Aug 1National Holiday
DominicaMon, Aug 5National Holiday
GrenadaMon, Aug 5National Holiday
GuyanaThu, Aug 1National Holiday
JamaicaThu, Aug 1National Holiday
MontserratMon, Aug 5National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Aug 5National Holiday
Saint LuciaThu, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesThu, Aug 1National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsThu, Aug 1National Holiday
2018 Various Aug 1, Aug 2, Aug 6
BahamasMon, Aug 6National Holiday
BermudaThu, Aug 2National Holiday
DominicaMon, Aug 6National Holiday
GrenadaWed, Aug 1National Holiday
GuyanaWed, Aug 1National Holiday
JamaicaWed, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisMon, Aug 6National Holiday
Saint LuciaWed, Aug 1National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesWed, Aug 1National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Aug 6National Holiday (in lieu)
  Summary
Marks the end of Slavery across the British Empire on August 1st 1834
  Which countries observe Emancipation Day in 2021?
  BahamasAug 2National Holiday
  BermudaJul 29National Holiday
  DominicaAug 2National Holiday
  GrenadaAug 2National Holiday
  GuyanaAug 1National Holiday
  GuyanaAug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
  JamaicaAug 1National Holiday
  JamaicaAug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
  MontserratAug 2National Holiday
  Saint Kitts and NevisAug 2National Holiday
  Saint LuciaAug 1National Holiday
  Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesAug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
  Turks and Caicos IslandsAug 2National Holiday (in lieu)
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When is Emancipation Day?

This holiday marks the end of slavery in the British Empire.

It is a public holiday in several Caribbean countries and although the holiday commemorates events that took place on August 1st 1834, it may be celebrated on different days in these countries.

On this page, we show a list of countries who observe the British Empire version of Emancipation. We also have separate Emancipation Day pages for Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

For a wider view of Emancipation Day holidays, our Day by Day Guide to Emancipation shows the dates for all versions.

History of Emancipation Day

The British like other colonial powers had allowed the widespread practice of slavery to take place during the time of expansion to the new world. In 1772, the ruling in the case of Somerset v Stewart determined that slavery was unsupported by the common law in England and Wales. While the ruling was not clear on the situation in other parts of the Empire, this case was seen as a key turning point in the change towards emancipation.

Slavery was finally abolished throughout the British Empire by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which came into effect on August 1st 1834. The territories controlled at that time by the East India Company, Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka) and St. Helen's were excluded. Slavery was not abolished in these regions until 1843.

Did you know?

The first country in the world to observe a public holiday for Emancipation Day was Trinidad and Tobago, when Emancipation Day replaced Discovery Day in 1985.

Related Holidays

Emancipation Day is a public holiday in Tonga. It is celebrated on or around June 4th to mark the abolition of the serf system in Tonga by King George Tupuo on June 4th 1863.

In the United States of America, Emancipation Day is a state holiday in Washington DC and is celebrated on the weekday closest to April 16th. As it can fall close to the annual tax return date, Emancipation Day can often lead to a delay in the date that Americans need to file their tax returns.

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