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Melbourne Public Holidays
Public Holidays in Australia occur throughout the year and are often marked as 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 2023/2024 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.
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 the 26th of January.
- Labour Day – To celebrate workers getting an 8-hour working day. Celebrated in 2023 on the 13th of March.
- Good Friday – A religious holiday to recognise the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Celebrated in 2023 on the 7th of April.
- Easter Saturday – The Saturday before Easter Sunday. Celebrated in 2023 on the 8th of April.
- Easter Sunday – The main Easter celebration where families and friends share Easter eggs. Celebrated in 2023 on the 9th of April.
- Easter Monday – A religious holiday too, according to tradition, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death in 30AD.
- ANZAC Day – To recognise the sacrifice of the Australian army, navy and air force. Every year on the 25th of April.
- Kings Birthday – In honour of our English Monarch’s birthday. Celebrated in 2023 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 on the Friday before the
AFL Grand Final. Celebrated in 2023 on the 29th of September.
- 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, 7th of November 2023.
- 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 usually gets a holiday on the next weekday in lieu.
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