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New Year’s Day|
JAGS McCartney Day|
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National Youth Day|
National Heritage Day|
The Turks and Caicos Islands usually have 12 public holidays per year (also called bank holidays or government holidays). When these holidays fall on a weekend, they are ‘observed' on the next following weekday. Government offices will be shut on public holidays. Banks also shut down. Many private sector businesses, including those in the tourism industry, are open. An exception is Christmas Day, when most businesses are closed.
Two holidays have been renamed in recent years. JAGS McCartney Day was previously National Heros Day, meant to commemorate all National Heros of the Turks and Caicos. However, JAGS McCartney, the nation’s first Premier, remains to this day the only official National Hero, and the holiday was renamed in 2020 to simply JAGS McCartney Day.
National Heritage Day, celebrated in October each day, was formerly titled Columbus Day. There had been a trend worldwide to rename this holiday and the Turks and Caicos followed suit.
Cultural and Sports Events
The Turks and Caicos has a number of fun and interesting sports, cuisine, and cultural events, typically held on an annual basis. Some great events include the Valentine’s Day Cup, which is a model sailboat race held at Bambarra Beach on Middle Caicos, Maskanoo, which is a street festival held in Grace Bay, and Caribbean House Evolution, a music and boat party held at Water Cay.
Dining and food events in the Turks and Caicos include the Thursday Fish Fry and the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival.
The Turks and Caicos is an exceptional location for water sports. Most sports events are homegrown by enthusiasts, such as the Race for the Conch open water swim races, and the Wine Cellar Golf and Fishing Tournament.