Bermuda Day

What is Bermuda Day?
Bermuda Day, widely considered the first day of summer, is now celebrated on the fourth Friday in May. Locals line the streets to enjoy a vibrant celebration beginning with a half-marathon derby followed by a colourful parade winding through Hamilton full of music, culture, and patriotic pride. The first Bermuda Day Parade was held in 1979 and remains a steadfast celebration featuring dance groups, bands, majorettes, decorated floats, and Gombey troupes. Traditional floats harken back to the Easter Parade using natural materials, while new categories have been introduced to highlight modern art and the creative ingenuity of Bermudian float-builders. The competition between floats is fierce, as they compete for prizes in a variety of categories. Hundreds of people dance in the streets as the enticing Gombey rhythm carries them forward, united as Bermuda.

Bermuda Day is the culminating event of Heritage Month. For more information on the history of Bermuda Day, Heritage Month, and other Heritage Month events, click here.

Bermuda Day 2023 Theme: A Bermudian Renaissance
Friday, May 26, 2023

Bermudians have always had to be resourceful. We come from a small, isolated island, but have always found inventive ways to redefine who we are. Whether that is designing the perfect sloop rig for our currents, finding ways to maintain West African & Caribbean connection through drum and dance, or even making the most of limited food supplies to create a “well” tasting meal. Today, our artists redefine what it means to be Bermudian in public art, in spoken word, in music, in dance. Our athletes continue to dominate on the world stage, proving that a small population can create world-class sportspeople. This Heritage Month, we look with a renewed interest at the talents and identities that continue to shape and evolve our national identity.

Bermuda Day Parade 2023 Entry:
Please read the below documents carefully as categories have been added and updated. All applications are due on Friday, April 21, 2023.  If you have any questions about the below documents, please feel free to contact the Department of Culture for more information.

Bermuda Day Parade 2023 Route:
Parade will begin on Front Street in front of the Point House/Albuoy’s Point area and continue along Front Street. The parade then turns left onto Court Street, takes a left onto Church Street, a right along Cedar Avenue, and ends at Marsh Folly Road/Dutton Avenue junction.

Vendors selling food will be throughout the route and announced closer to the time. For those wishing to be a vendor, please click here for the application form, due on February 28, 2023.

Bermuda Day 2023 Booklet:
Please check back closer to the 2023 Bermuda Day parade for the Bermuda Day Booklet.
Please click here to download Bermuda Day 2022 Booklet (PDF) with times, entries, and full details!