When’s May Bank Holiday 2020 In UK

This post gives you the information you needed in the UK may bank holidays.

As 2019 is fast moving to the end, we are almost entering in the next year which is 2020, with bank holidays involved.

May bank holidays 2020, as usual, will be done two times, the first which is on Friday and the other on Monday.

In the UK, the first Monday in the month of May is called the May day in England, Wales, and Ireland. In Scotland, it is known as the Early May Bank Holiday.

The early May bank holiday is a national holiday, which affects the general population in the United Kingdom like schools, businesses or organizations, etc.

May Day has been an official public holiday all across the UK since 1978 when provisions were made for it in the Banking and Financial Dealings Act.

Prior to that time, it was a holiday only in Scotland.

It has been marked and celebrated since ancient times and is a time of fun and festivities in many locations across the nation.

Early May Bank Holiday 2020

Early may bank holiday UK

There is a change on the day of the next year’s bank holiday, which the first bank holidays 2020 will be on Friday, May 8th, and this coincides with Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, which marks the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II.

However, this is the first time the bank holiday is moved, it happened in 1995, to commemorate the 50th VE Day.

The new bank holiday date will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.

More than 20,000 pubs will encourage drinkers to toast the heroes of the war while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace.

The two early bank holidays are;

  • 8th May 2020 which is on a Friday (VE day)
  • 25th May 2020 which is on a Monday (
    Spring bank holiday)

If you are asking or asked when’s may bank holidays in 2020, the answer is on the 8th and 25th of May.

Aside from the Early bank holidays, there are also up to six holidays in the United Kingdom in 2020, and they are;

UK Bank Holidays 2020 
1 January Wednesday New Year’s Day
10 April Friday Good Friday
13 April Monday Easter Monday
8 May Friday Early May bank holiday (VE day)
25 May Monday Spring bank holiday
31 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Friday Christmas Day
28 December Monday Boxing Day (substitute day)

On the dates written “substitute day”, it means that a bank holiday falls on a weekend, and to observe it, it will be moved to the first day on a weekday which is usually on Monday.

For example, 2021 Christmas day is on a Saturday weekend, a bank holiday for Christmas day, will be moved to a weekday usually on Monday.

Please note that as this year’s early may bank holiday 2020 is on Friday the 8th of May and Monday 25th of May, 2021, both of them will be on a Monday which is the 3rd of May and 31st of May.

In the May bank holiday or any other national holiday, workers don’t have an automatic right to paid leave on bank and public holidays in the UK, though most full-time workers receive a paid day off work, and casual workers receive pay at higher penalty rates.

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Again please note that the May bank holidays are observed every first Monday in the month of May and also every last Monday in the month of May respectively.

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