Canberra Day 2024, 2025 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 2024March 11, 2024 Monday11865
Canberra Day 2025March 10, 2025 Monday111229
Canberra Day 2026March 9, 2026 Monday111593
Canberra Day 2027March 8, 2027 Monday101957
Canberra Day 2028March 13, 2028 Monday112328
Canberra Day 2029March 12, 2029 Monday112692
Canberra Day 2030March 11, 2030 Monday113056
Canberra Day 2031March 10, 2031 Monday113420
Canberra Day 2032March 8, 2032 Monday113784
Canberra Day 2033March 14, 2033 Monday114155
Canberra Day 2034March 13, 2034 Monday114519
Canberra Day 2035March 12, 2035 Monday114883
Canberra Day 2036March 10, 2036 Monday115247
Canberra Day 2037March 9, 2037 Monday115611
Canberra Day 2038March 8, 2038 Monday105975

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