Emancipation Day (Anguilla)

Emancipation Day is a public holiday celebrated in Anguilla, and it is observed on the first Monday in August each year.

The holiday commemorates the anniversary of when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into force and the abolishment of slavery in Anguilla on August 01, 1834.

Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla and several surrounding small islands and cays. It is believed that Columbus sighted the island during his second voyage in 1493.

In 1650, English settlers from Saint Kitts settled on the islands, and Anguilla became a British colony. It was administrated together with other islands during the early colonial period. In 1962, Anguilla gained full internal autonomy with Saint Kitts and Nevis.

In 1967, Anguilla declared its separation from Saint Kitts and Nevis following a referendum. However, in 1980, Anguilla was allowed to formally secede from Saint Kitts and Nevis and become a separate British Crown colony.

The early European settlers brought enslaved people to the islands and forced them to work on the tobacco and sugar plantations. Over time, the number of enslaved people became the main labor force and outnumbered the white settlers. In 1834, the British Empire terminated slavery.

The following is the list of Emancipation Day in Anguilla from 2022 to 2026.

Emancipation DayAugust 01, 2022Monday
Emancipation DayAugust 07, 2023Monday
Emancipation DayAugust 05, 2024Monday
Emancipation DayAugust 04, 2025Monday
Emancipation DayAugust 03, 2026Monday

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