Calendar of Events
The Turks & Caicos Islands have a number of holidays and celebrate a number of festivals. On many weekends, during the spring and summer months, a festival or regatta of some sort is celebrated. With a few exceptions, each of the inhabited Islands have their own day of celebrations. The regattas began as boat races in the late 19th century. These regattas have now grown into festivals and carnivals lasting an entire weekend or even a week. The festivals are a time of merry making, filled with dancing, activities, music, food and refreshments. In addition to the regattas, there are 13 National Holidays observed in the Turks and Caicos Islands. On these days all government offices, banks, and most businesses are closed. Memorial ceremonies and/or church events may take place on these days.
JANUARY - APRIL 2011
New Year’s Day - January 1st National Holiday
Commonwealth Day - March 14th National Holiday
Good Friday - April 22th National Holiday
Easter Monday - April 25th National Holiday
MAY - AUGUST 2011
South Caicos Regatta - May 25th—May 29th
The South Caicos annual Regatta is the oldest festival in the country and it is the inspiration for the other island festivals. The South Caicos Regatta was started after the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to South Caicos on 25 February, 1966. Events generally include: a beauty pageant, sailboat races, a donkey race, a jump-up, and inter-island sports competitions. The weekend festivities are usually concluded with a gospel concert.
National Heroes’ Day - May 30th National Holiday
Ceremonies and functions take place on the Islands to celebrate the National Heroes of the Turks & Caicos Islands, most notably the late Honourable J.A.G.S. McCartney, the first national hero of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday - June 13th (Observed)
Emancipation Day - August 1st (Observed)
This is a statutory holiday celebrating the emancipation of slavery.
SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2011
National Youth Day - September 30th National Holiday
Columbus Day - October 10th National Holiday
International Human Rights Day - October 24th (Observed) National Holiday
Christmas Day - December 25th National Holiday
Boxing Day - December 26th National Holiday