Canberra Day

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Canberra Day
Observed by Australian Capital Territory
Date Second Monday in March
2016 date March 14  (2016-03-14)
2017 date March 13  (2017-03-13)
2018 date March 12  (2018-03-12)
2019 date March 11  (2019-03-11)
Frequency annual

Canberra Day is a public holiday held annually on the second Monday in March in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to celebrate the official naming of Canberra. Canberra was named at a ceremony on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the then Governor-General Lord Denman. In 2012 Canberra Day falls on 12 March. In 2013 it falls on 11 March. On 3 March 2007, ACT Minister Andrew Barr introduced a bill to change the day of Canberra Day to the second Monday in March so it falls closer more often to the actual birthday of Canberra.[1] Previously it had been held on the third Monday in March.

Annual events associated with Canberra Day include the Canberra Festival, which runs from 11-20 March 2011, the Chief Minister's Canberra Day Awards Ceremony, and the Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular.

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  1. ^ "Changes to Canberra Day Public Holiday From 2008". Office of the ACT Chief Minister. 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-19.