Emancipation Day around the world in 2019

Emancipation Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Emancipation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 43 days.
  Dates of Emancipation Day around the world
2021VariousJul 29, Aug 2
BermudaThu, Jul 29National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Aug 2National Holiday (additional day)
2020VariousMar 22, 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
Puerto RicoSun, Mar 22National 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 (additional day)
2019VariousMar 22, 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
Puerto RicoFri, Mar 22National 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
2018VariousMar 22, Aug 1, Aug 2, Aug 6
BahamasMon, Aug 6National Holiday
BermudaThu, Aug 2National Holiday
DominicaMon, Aug 6National Holiday
GuyanaWed, Aug 1National Holiday
JamaicaWed, Aug 1National Holiday
Puerto RicoThu, Mar 22National 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
2017VariousMar 22, Aug 1, Aug 3, Aug 7
BahamasMon, Aug 7National Holiday
BermudaThu, Aug 3National Holiday
JamaicaTue, Aug 1National Holiday
Puerto RicoWed, Mar 22National Holiday
Saint LuciaTue, Aug 1National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsTue, Aug 1National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the end of Slavery across the British Empire on August 1st 1834
  Which countries observe Emancipation Day in 2019?
Bahamas  BahamasAug 5National Holiday
Bermuda  BermudaAug 1National Holiday
Dominica  DominicaAug 5National Holiday
Grenada  GrenadaAug 5National Holiday
Guyana  GuyanaAug 1National Holiday
Jamaica  JamaicaAug 1National Holiday
Puerto Rico  Puerto RicoMar 22National Holiday
Saint Kitts and Nevis  Saint Kitts and NevisAug 5National Holiday
Saint Lucia  Saint LuciaAug 1National Holiday
Turks and Caicos Islands  Turks and Caicos IslandsAug 1National Holiday

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.

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 4 June 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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