Canberra Day is a local public holiday that is observed annually on the second Monday in March in the Australian Capital Territory. On this day the official naming of Canberra on 12 March 1913 is celebrated.
In the late 19th century 6 independently governed states decided to create a federation in order to address issues that mattered the entire nation. This federation process led to the constitution of Australia that bacame valid in 1901. The new federal state required a capital. At that time there were only two big cities in Australia: Melbourne and Sydney. Both cities campaigned to become the new capital but the rivalry between them was so big that eventually the government decided upon a compromise. A new capital was to be created between Sydney and Melbourne. After evaluating various options the current location was chosen. During an official ceremony on 12 March 1913 the city was officially named Canberra.
Canberra Day is not the only public holiday in Australia that is observed on the second Monday in March. The holiday coincides with the March Public Holiday (commonly known as Adelaide Cup Day) that is celebrated in South Australia, the Eight Hours Day observed in Tasmania and Labour Day held in Victoria.
|Holiday||Date||Week number||Days to go|
|Canberra Day 2014||March 10, 2014 Monday||11||-|
|Canberra Day 2015||March 9, 2015 Monday||11||-|
|Canberra Day 2016||March 14, 2016 Monday||11||-|
|Canberra Day 2017||March 13, 2017 Monday||11||-|
|Canberra Day 2018||March 12, 2018 Monday||11||-|
|Canberra Day 2019||March 11, 2019 Monday||11||-|
|Canberra Day 2020||March 9, 2020 Monday||11||139|
|Canberra Day 2021||March 8, 2021 Monday||10||503|
|Canberra Day 2022||March 14, 2022 Monday||11||874|
|Canberra Day 2023||March 13, 2023 Monday||11||1238|
|Canberra Day 2024||March 11, 2024 Monday||11||1602|
|Canberra Day 2025||March 10, 2025 Monday||11||1966|
|Canberra Day 2026||March 9, 2026 Monday||11||2330|
|Canberra Day 2027||March 8, 2027 Monday||10||2694|
|Canberra Day 2028||March 13, 2028 Monday||11||3065|
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