Canberra Day 2025, 2026 and onwards

Canberra Day : Second Monday in March

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.


HolidayDateWeek numberDays to go
Canberra Day 2025March 10, 2025 Monday11330
Canberra Day 2026March 9, 2026 Monday11694
Canberra Day 2027March 8, 2027 Monday101058
Canberra Day 2028March 13, 2028 Monday111429
Canberra Day 2029March 12, 2029 Monday111793
Canberra Day 2030March 11, 2030 Monday112157
Canberra Day 2031March 10, 2031 Monday112521
Canberra Day 2032March 8, 2032 Monday112885
Canberra Day 2033March 14, 2033 Monday113256
Canberra Day 2034March 13, 2034 Monday113620
Canberra Day 2035March 12, 2035 Monday113984
Canberra Day 2036March 10, 2036 Monday114348
Canberra Day 2037March 9, 2037 Monday114712
Canberra Day 2038March 8, 2038 Monday105076
Canberra Day 2039March 14, 2039 Monday115447

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