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.