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Many people have enjoyed a week or two off work during the festive season, and are now looking forward to their next bank holiday weekend. Read on to find out the bank holiday dates for 2021 in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales – and the special reason behind changes to the 2022 bank holiday calendar.

Is today a bank holiday?

Today (Monday, January 4, 2021) is a bank holiday for Scotland, but not for England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

January 4 is a bank holiday in Scotland as a replacement for the January 2 bank holiday, which fell on a Saturday this year.

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The next bank holiday in Northern Ireland is on St Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

The next bank holiday in England and Wales is not until April 2021.

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Bank holiday dates 2021 for Scotland:

  • Monday, January 4 – January 2 (substitute day)
  • Friday, April 2 – Good Friday
  • Monday, May 3 – Early May bank holiday
  • Monday, May 31 – Spring bank holiday
  • Monday, August 2 – Summer bank holiday
  • Tuesday, November 30 – St Andrew’s Day
  • Monday, December 27 – Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • Tuesday, December 28 – Boxing Day (substitute day)
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Bank holiday dates 2021 for Northern Ireland:

  • Wednesday, March 17 – St Patrick’s Day
  • Friday, April 2 – Good Friday
  • Monday, April 5 – Easter Monday
  • Monday, May 3 – Early May bank holiday
  • Monday, May 31 – Spring bank holiday
  • Monday, July 12 – Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day)
  • Monday, August 30 – Summer bank holiday
  • Monday, December 27 – Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • Tuesday, December 28 – Boxing Day (substitute day)

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This means the Queen’s 70th year on the throne will be celebrated with a four-day weekend.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee will be a truly historic moment – and one that deserves a celebration to remember.

“We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology.

“It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s reign.”

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