Bank and public holiday dates

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.

Find out about the bank and public holiday dates in Northern Ireland and employees' rights on pay and time off on public and bank holidays.

Bank and public holiday dates

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

HOLIDAY 2018 2019
New Year's Day 1 January 1 January
St Patrick's Day 19 March* 18 March**
Good Friday 30 March 19 April
Easter Monday 2 April 22 April
May Day Bank Holiday 7 May 6 May
Spring Bank Holiday 28 May 27 May
Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen's Day 12 July 12 July
Summer Bank Holiday 27 August 26 August
Christmas Day 25 December 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December 26 December


*In 2018, as St Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday, the holiday falls on the following Monday (19 March 2018).

**In 2019, as St Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, the holiday falls on the following Monday (18 March 2019).

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.

Time off for employees

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 contract of employment with your employees.

For more information about paid leave, see know how much holiday to give your staff.