National Heroes' Day in Jamaica in 2020

National Heroes' Day in Jamaica in 2020
  How long until National Heroes' Day?
This holiday next takes place in 312 days.
  Dates of National Heroes' Day in Jamaica
2021 Jamaica Mon, Oct 18 National Holiday
2020 Jamaica Mon, Oct 19 National Holiday
2019 Jamaica Mon, Oct 21 National Holiday
2018 Jamaica Mon, Oct 15 National Holiday
2017 Jamaica Mon, Oct 16 National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrated on the Third Monday in October. Commemorates seven national heroes from Jamaican history.

When is National Heroes' Day in Jamaica?

National Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Jamaica observed on the third Monday in October.

The holiday commemorates seven national heroes from Jamaican history.

History of National Heroes' Day

The third Monday in October is when Jamaicans take time to acknowledge and show their appreciation to the current seven national heroes, who have all made significant contributions to the independence and development of modern Jamaica.

Declared as national heroes in 1969

  • Paul Bogle, birth date uncertain – 1865. A Jamaican Baptist deacon and activist. He was a leader of the 1865 Morant Bay protesters, who marched for justice and fair treatment for all the people in Jamaica.
  • Sir Alexander Bustmante, 1884-1977. A Jamaican politician and labour leader who in 1962 became the first prime minister of Jamaica.
  • Marcus Garvey, 1887-1940, born in St. Ann. A proponent of Black nationalism in Jamaica and especially the United States.
  • George William Gordon, 1815-1865. A wealthy Jamaican businessman, magistrate and politician, one of two representatives to the Assembly from St. Thomas-in-the-East Parish.
  • Norman Washington Manley, 1893-1969. A Rhodes Scholar, Manley became one of Jamaica's leading lawyers in the 1920s.

Declared as national heroes in 1969

  • Nanny. Queen Nanny or Nanny, Jamaican National Hero, was a well-known, 18th-century leader of the Jamaican Maroons.
  • Samuel Sharpe, 1801-1832. An enslaved African Jamaican man who was the leader of the widespread 1832 Baptist War slave rebellion in Jamaica.

The day is marked by various celebrations including flag-raising and tree-planting ceremonies, concerts and services to commemorate the heroes.

Award ceremonies also take place each year to honour and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution to Jamaica and Jamaican society.

National Heroes' Day was first celebrated as a public holiday in Jamaica on Monday 20 October and replaced Queen Elizabeth's Birthday.

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