Banks Have Holidays?

pexels-photo-342212.jpegThere are holidays in remembrance of banks? Really?  Ha! I remember my bank every time I get my mortgage statement or use that bankcard.  I do not need special days for my bank!  They should give me a special day.  Oh! I know, ONE interest free day on loans per quarter. Brilliant! That would be a worthy bank holiday for me.

Wait! You mean those 8 days in England and Wales9 in Scotland and 11 in Northern Ireland are not in remembrance of the UK banking system?  Well, I do give you that Christmas and New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday and even Boxing Day are recognizable holidays even for U.S. Americans.   But what about those other Bank Holidays?

England and Wales have an Early May Holiday, Spring Holiday (also in May), and a Summer Holiday.  While Scotland takes a pass on Easter Monday but adds in January 2nd (it seems the New Year celebration is extended in Scotland) and adds St Andrew’s Day. Northern Ireland keeps the same holidays as England and Wales but adds St Patrick’s Day and Battle of the Boyne.

Now to be a bit more confusing, according to the Leo Network 

In the United Kingdom and Ireland a bank holiday is a public holiday, when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day.

Bank holidays are often assumed to be so-called because they are days upon which banks are shut, but days that banks are shut aren’t always bank holidays. For example: Good Friday and Christmas Day are not bank holidays, they are common law’ holidays. The dates for bank holidays are set out in statute or are proclaimed by royal decree. The term “bank holiday” was coined by Sir John Lubbock, who felt there was a need to differentiate the two types of holiday.

In England and Wales a bank holiday tends automatically to be a public holiday, so the day is generally observed as a holiday. A number of differences apply to Scotland. For example, Easter Monday is not a bank holiday, and, although they share the same name, the Summer Bank Holiday falls on the first Monday in August in Scotland as opposed to the last elsewhere in the UK.

In case you think it is that err… simple, I give you: 1

Now, Americans will ask, “When is your British 4th of July 2?” You know that one day that defines you as a nation. The British have an ongoing discussion. At this time  the Queen’s Official Birthday  3 is the defacto national day.  From what I infer from whatever I could find using the all knowing Wizard of Google there have been and may still be proposals and counter-proposals and opposition and support for an official British National Day  but with no movement towards any agreement.

Whatever it is and whenever they are I was pleased to enjoy our Early May Bank Holiday with an extra day of my spousal spice’s time on Friday and some pleasant excursions or activities each day:

  • A stroll with a Jamaican restaurant for midday happy hour and jerk chicken in the middle;
  • A lazy day hanging about, watching stupid disaster movies, and dozing;
  • A train to St Alban’s for a pint at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, a stroll along Roman ruins, an entertaining tour of the cathedral and a yum lunch at a French bistro;


  • A chore day rewarded with REAL Texas style smoked Scottish salmon and British sausages with a harissa kick.


Keep those days coming for these happy AmerBrits.

3 thoughts on “Banks Have Holidays?

  1. My parents often took my sister and I to St Albans to Verulamium Park and to see the ruins. I was never interested as I was so little, and didn’t have much of a fondness for archeology, but I never thought that I’d have the interest in things historic that I do now! I’ve quite a few photos taken there.

    As for Bank Holidays… to me (and a lot of other Brits my age) they represent being stuck on a road in a traffic jam for hours, usually in the rain… thankfully with someone else driving as I can’t. I’d be a total menace if I drove!

  2. It is. I always try to see the old cathedrals and churches when traveling because of the history , music, architecture and art.

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