Office of the Deputy Governor
Public Holidays
Release Date:
Thursday, 7 October 2021 - 10:53am

The public is reminded of the public holidays that will be observed for the remainder of the year.

Monday, 18th October                                Heroes’ and Forefathers Day

Monday, 22nd November                           The 1949 Great March and Restoration Day

Monday, 27th December                            Christmas Day
(In lieu of Saturday, 25th December)

Tuesday 28th December                            Boxing Day
(In lieu of Sunday, 26th December)

Heroes’ and Forefathers Day holiday honours pioneers and outstanding community servants in fisheries and agriculture, boat building, health, business, politics, public administration, the arts and religion. The men and women who built the Virgin Islands will be recognised for their contributions to the creation of the Virgin Islands we know today.  

The 1949 Great March and Restoration Day holiday commemorates the historic demonstration on Sunday, 24th November 1949 that was led by Theodolph Faulkner, Isaac “Glanny” Fonseca, Carlton deCastro, and over 1,500 Virgin Islanders who marched through the streets of Road Town to the Commissioner’s Office (today known as the Governor’s Office) in protest of issues significantly affecting the quality of the lives of Virgin Islanders. The demonstrators presented the Commissioner with a petition that highlighted their grievances with the political system, which was administered from Antigua at the time. The demonstration served as a catalyst for political development in the Territory, leading to the restoration of the Legislative Council and the evolution of a modern Virgin Islands.


Temulji Hughes

Communications Officer
Deputy Governor's Office
Government of the Virgin Islands
Road Town,Tortola VG1110, Virgin Islands
Direct Line:  284 468 2350
E-mail: temhughes@gov.vg