Picnic Day (Australia holiday)

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Picnic Day
Australia Day Picnic 1908.jpg
Australians having a picnic in 1908.
Observed by Northern Territory, Australia
Date First Monday in August
2013 date August 5  (2013-08-05)
2014 date August 4  (2014-08-04)
2015 date August 3  (2015-08-03)
2016 date August 1  (2016-08-01)
Frequency annual
For the University of California, Davis event, see Picnic Day (UC Davis).


Picnic Day is a public holiday in the Northern Territory of Australia which takes place every year on the first Monday of August. It was originally declared a public holiday to commemorate the freeing of the Chinese Coolie indentured labourers who built the Darwin to Larrimah North Australia Railway. In a reversal of the existing policy the Chinese workers were given the right to stay in Australia as free settlers, and provided sufficient money for a steamer fare to Hong Kong. Instead they chose to go to Adelaide River for a picnic.