May Day Bank Holiday 2020 Moved To Coincide With VE Day 75th Anniversary
The May Day Bank Holiday in 2020 will move in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, is marked on 8th May each year. VE Day commemorates the Allies accepting the surrender of Nazi Germany in the second world war. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary.
The May Day Bank Holiday is traditionally held on the first Monday in May, which in 2020 would be Monday 4th May.
The change means the May Day Bank Holiday will fall on Friday 8th May instead of Monday 4th.
The bank holiday will move in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Bank Holidays in Scotland are devolved to Holyrood and no decision has been made by them yet.
The May Day Bank Holiday has only ever been moved once before, when it was shifted from 1 to 8 May in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day.
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