Public Holidays 2020

NT Public holidays 2020

Public Holiday Day/Date
New Year's Day Wednesday, 1 January
Australia Day Monday, 27 January
Good Friday Friday, 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday, 11 April
Easter Monday Monday, 13 April
ANZAC Day Saturday, 25 April
May Day Monday, 4 May
Queen’s Birthday Monday, 8 June
Borroloola Show Friday, 26 June
Alice Springs Show Friday, 3 July
Tennant Creek Show Friday, 10 July
Katherine Show Friday, 17 July
Darwin Show Friday, 24 July
Picnic Day Monday, 3 August
Christmas Eve Thursday, 24 December
Christmas Day Friday, 25 December
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December
Boxing Day Holiday Monday, 28 December
New Year's Eve Thursday, 31 December
School Holidays 2020

NT School holidays 2020

Term 1 Start Finish
School Holidays Friday, 10 April 2020 Sunday, 19 April 2020
Term 2 Start Finish
School Holidays Saturday, 27 June 2020 Monday, 20 July 2020
Term 3 Start Finish
School Holidays Saturday, 26 September 2020 Sunday, 11 October 2020
Term 4 Start Finish
School Holidays Saturday, 19 December 2020 Sunday, 31 January 2021
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January - New Years, Australia Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Wednesday, 1 January    
Thursday, 2 January    
Friday, 3 January    
Saturday, 4 January    
Sunday, 5 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 2 Days off: 5
Friday, 24 January    
Saturday, 25 January    
Sunday, 26 January    
Monday, 27 January    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 1 Days off: 4
April and May - ANZAC Day, May Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 25 April    
Sunday, 26 April    
Monday, 27 April    
Tuesday, 28 April    
Wednesday, 29 April    
Thursday, 30 April    
Friday, 1 May    
Saturday, 2 May    
Sunday, 3 May    
Monday, 4 May    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 5 Days off: 10
August - Picnic Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 1 August    
Sunday, 2 August    
Monday, 3 August    
Tuesday, 4 August    
Wednesday, 5 August    
Thursday, 6 August    
Friday, 7 August    
Saturday, 8 August    
Sunday, 9 August    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 4 Days off: 9
December - Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Date Take Leave? Public Holiday/Weekend
Saturday, 19 December    
Sunday, 20 December    
Monday, 21 December    
Tuesday, 22 December    
Wednesday, 23 December    
Thursday, 24 December    
Friday, 25 December    
Saturday, 26 December    
Sunday, 27 December    
Monday, 28 December    
Tuesday, 29 December    
Wednesday, 30 December    
Thursday, 31 December    
Totals Days of Annual Leave: 7 Days off: 13

NT Public holidays in detail

May Day - Monday 4th May

Known as Labour Day in other states and territories of Australia, May Day is the annual celebration of the modern eight hour working day, implemented in the 19th century. Prior to the 19th century, most labourers worked from ten to twelve hours up to six days a week. The public holiday recognises the workers who struggled to improve the working conditions for all Australians. May Day advocates for the equal division of the twenty-four hours in a day into three parts, eight hours for work, recreation and rest respectively. May Day is always held on a Monday, forming a long weekend every year.

May Day march held in Darwin, picnic on the Esplanade at Bicentennial Park. The march is often used as a means for the public to express their dissatisfaction with work related issues in the state and country.

Borroloola Show Day - Friday 26th June

*This public holiday is observed only in the Borroloola region of the Northern Territory.

With a population of less than 1000 people, the Borroloola Show is one of the smallest Shows in the country, originating in 1967. The Show draws in over 1000 guests from surrounding areas, doubling the town’s population. The public holiday is held on the last Friday in June, forming a long weekend which the Show is held across. The Show features exciting displays of rodeo and campdraft as well as displays of agriculture, gardening, lifestyle, arts, crafts and competitions for the whole family.

Alice Springs Show Day - Friday 3rd July

*This public holiday is observed only in the Alice Springs region of the Northern Territory.

Celebrated since 1960, the Alice Springs Show is an annual agricultural and pastoral event which showcases the region’s best produce, livestock and craft. The Show features outback sporting events, photographic and cooking contents carnival style rides and firework displays. 18,000 people make their way to the show each year to enjoy the Territory’s largest agricultural display.

The Grand Parade runs on the Friday to officially open the Show, made up of the Show’s highlights, including champion bulls, show-jumpers and the announcement of the year’s showgirl.

Tennant Creek Show Day - Friday 10th July

*This public holiday is observed only in the Tennant Creek region of the Northern Territory.

Held on the second Friday each July, the Tennant Creek Show Day showcases the region’s agricultural accomplishments for the year. The main attractions of the Show are made up of the cattle and dog demonstrations, but locals and tourists also have the opportunity to enjoy rides, side show alley games, music events and arts and crafts competitions.

Katherine Show Day - Friday 17th July

*This public holiday is observed only in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory.

The Katherine Show Day has been held on the third Friday of July each year since 1965. The Show holds a large range of competitions and prizes in categories ranging from dog jumping, needlework, cooking, poetry and writing to campdraft and rodeo. Equestrian events take place throughout the week leading up to the public holiday, with the main events taking place on the Friday and Saturday. Each year there is an average of 3000 entries in the showcase competitions. The Show is concluded with a firework display on the Saturday night.

Darwin Show Day - Friday 24th July

*This public holiday is observed only in Darwin and the surrounding region in the Northern Territory.

The Darwin Show is the oldest Show Day in the Northern Territory, dating back to 1952. The Show acts as a demonstration of the region’s agriculture, livestock, trade and industries. 20,000 locals and visitors are invited to compete in over 24 sections of competitions each year, ranging from stud cattle, arts and crafts, to horticulture and photography. The official Opening Ceremony and Grand Parade takes place at 2pm on the Friday, kicking off the Show with live music, classic cars and parachutists landing in the arena.

Picnic Day - Monday 3rd August

Held on the first Monday of August each year, the popular theory is that Picnic Day originated as a holiday so that railway workers would be able picnic at the Adelaide River back in the late 1800’s. The Harts Range Races began in 1946, which were so popular that they inspired an annual race and an official public holiday to celebrate them properly. The races are still held today in the Harts Ranges, north of Alice Springs, featuring bull rides and children’s competitions.

Christmas Eve 7pm till midnight - Thursday 24th December

The Northern Territory enjoys a half-day public holiday on Christmas Eve. This ensures that all workers have the ability to spend time with the family and friends, or be properly compensated for their work during this time.

Many people take to Christmas Carolling on Christmas Eve in groups in their local neighbourhoods to spread cheer and goodwill. Another way people like to give back at this time of the year is to give their time to charitable pursuits. Several charity institutions work hard to ensure that impoverished Australian children can receive a present on Christmas morning and those who are without cooking facilities can enjoy a home cooked Christmas meal.

New Year’s Eve 7pm till midnight - Monday 31st of December

In Australia, New Years is heralded by firework displays in all major cities and countdowns till midnight form the basis of the previous night’s boisterous celebrations. While New Year’s Eve day is not itself a public holiday, parties and events are held for people to see off the old year in style and welcome in the new with friends and family. The Northern Territory observes the hours from 7pm till midnight as a public holiday, in an effort to compensate those who have to work during that time. New Year’s Day is often used as a day of rest and relaxation across the country.

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