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Pinic Day Northern Territory : First Monday in August

 Picnic Day is a local public holiday in the Northern Territory in Australia. The holiday is observed annually on the first Monday in August.


The origin of the Northern Territory Picnic Day is not completely clear. According to one source on Picnic Day the freeing of approximately 3000 Chinese Coolie workers is commemorated. The Chinese Coolies (they were actually slaves) provided the cheap labour for the construction of the North Australian Railway, a track that connected the cities of Darwin and Larrimah. After completion in 1889 the workers were given the right to stay in Australia as free citizens and received sufficient money for a passage by steamboat to Hong Kong. However the Chinese went to the Adelaide River for a picnic instead.


Another source relates Picnic Day as well with the North Australian Railway. It mentions that the day was originally installed for the hard working rail workers to enjoy a picnic on the Adelaide River.


A last source states that Picnic Day has originated from a race meeting in 1947. The event was such a success that it became an annual tradition now known as the Harts Range annual races. An application was presented to the Northern Territory administration for a public holiday coinciding with the future dates of the Harts Range races. The administration agreed to it and baptized the day as the Northern Territory Picnic Day.


Nowadays Picnic Day in the Northern Territory above all, is a long weekend to relax or enjoy a short trip. However both the railway picnic and the Hart Range races remain popular activities during Picnic Day and the weekend before Picnic Day.


HolidayDateWeek numberDays to go
Picnic Day 2025August 4, 2025 Monday32477
Picnic Day 2026August 3, 2026 Monday32841
Picnic Day 2027August 2, 2027 Monday311205
Picnic Day 2028August 7, 2028 Monday321576
Picnic Day 2029August 6, 2029 Monday321940
Picnic Day 2030August 5, 2030 Monday322304
Picnic Day 2031August 4, 2031 Monday322668
Picnic Day 2032August 2, 2032 Monday323032
Picnic Day 2033August 1, 2033 Monday313396
Picnic Day 2034August 7, 2034 Monday323767
Picnic Day 2035August 6, 2035 Monday324131
Picnic Day 2036August 4, 2036 Monday324495
Picnic Day 2037August 3, 2037 Monday324859
Picnic Day 2038August 2, 2038 Monday315223
Picnic Day 2039August 1, 2039 Monday315587

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