Bank and public holidays in Northern Ireland

Guide

The expected dates and days of Northern Ireland bank and public holidays for this year, and the next year, are listed below.

Bank or Public Holiday 2022 2023
New Year's Day Monday 3 January* Monday 2 January****
St Patrick's Day Thursday 17 March Friday 17 March
Good Friday Friday 15 April Friday 7 April
Easter Monday Monday 18 April Monday 10 April
May Day Bank Holiday Monday 2 May Monday 1 May
Spring Bank Holiday Thursday 2 June** Monday 29 May
Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Friday 3 June** N/A
Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen's Day Tuesday 12 July Wednesday 12 July
Summer Bank Holiday Monday 29 August Monday 28 August
Christmas Day Tuesday 27 December*** Monday 25 December
Boxing Day Monday 26 December Tuesday 26 December


*In 2022, as New Year's Day falls on a Saturday, the public holiday is given as the following Monday (3 January 2022).

**In 2022, there is an extra bank holiday to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, this extra day is given as Friday 3 June and the Spring Bank Holiday has also been moved to Thursday 2 June 2022 to accommodate this.

***In 2022, as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the public holiday is given as the following Tuesday (27 December 2022).

****In 2023, as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the public holiday is given as the following Monday (2 January 2023).

What are bank and public holidays?

Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice, such as Christmas Day.

Special bank holidays

There are laws that allow the dates of bank holidays to be changed, or other holidays to be declared, for example to celebrate special occasions. For example there is an extra bank holiday to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Time off for staff on bank or public holidays

As an employer, you don't have to provide paid leave on bank and public holidays, though many employers will provide this. Any right to time off or extra pay for working on a bank holiday depends on the terms of the employment contract with your employees.

Find out about employees' rights on pay and time off on public and bank holidays and for more information about paid leave, see know how much holiday to give your staff.