Public Holidays

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Public Holidays in Australia occur all throughout the year and are often marked at days to celebrate significant cultural moments in Australia’s history.

Victoria has a number of public holidays in addition to the Australian public holidays and we list all the Victorian public holidays that affect the city of Melbourne below.

Victorian Public Holidays 2017 – Melbourne Events & Things to Do

A public holiday in Victoria is a day off work for most Victorians and therefore means that some shops and businesses will close. However, with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day, you will find most supermarkets, shopping malls and restaurants will remain open.

Many of Melbourne’s attractions also remain open on public holidays including Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star and the Melbourne Aquarium.

Here is a list of all the Victorian public holidays:

  • New Years Day – Start off the new year with a day off work to sleep off your hangover or head to the beach. Every year on the 1st of January.
  • Australia Day – To celebrate Australia’s cultural identity with a day at the beach or BBQ with friends. Celebrated every year on 26th of January.
  • Labour Day – To celebrate workers getting an 8 hour working day. Celebrated in 2017 on the 13th of March.
  • Good Friday – A religious holiday to recognise the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Celebrated in 2017 on the 14th of April.
  • Easter Saturday – The Saturday before Easter Sunday. Celebrated in 2017 on the 15th of April.
  • Easter Sunday – The main Easter celebration where families and friends share Easter eggs. Celebrated in 2017 on the 16th of April.
  • Easter Monday – A religious holiday to, according to tradition, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death in 30AD.
  • ANZAC Day – To recognise the sacrifice of Australian army, navy and air force. Every year on the 25th of April.
  • Queens Birthday – In honour of our English Monarch’s birthday. Celebrated in 2017 on the 12th of June.
  • Grand Final Eve – Victoria only. A day to enjoy with family in the lead up to the AFL Grand Final. Celebrated in 2017 on the 29th of September 2017.
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Melbourne only. Everyone gets a holiday so they can watch the “Race that Stops the Nation.” Occurs on the first Tuesday in November, 1st of November 2016.
  • Christmas Day – A Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ. Every year on the 25th of December.
  • Boxing Day – An extension to the Christmas holiday celebrated the day after Christmas. Every year on the 26th of December.

If a public holiday lands on a weekend, the public get a holiday on the next weekday in lieu.

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