National Day of Mourning in honor of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
National Youth Day
National Heritage Day
Christmas Day (Observed)
Boxing Day (Observed)
The Valentine's Day Cup model sailboat race at Bambarra Beach, Middle Caicos.
The Turks and Caicos Islands usually has 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 week day. 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 world-wide to rename this holiday and the Turks and Caicos followed suit.
Mario Robinson with his boat Sun 2 Sun, winner of the 2019 Fisherman's Day race! The Fisherman's Day is a fun and interesting annual event.
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.