National Public Holiday Schedules 2017 and 2018 released


St. Maarten, December 2016:  The Department of Labour has released the National Public Holiday Schedules for 2017 and 2018. The schedules are based on Chapter six  (“Holidays”),

in particular article 23, of the “National Ordinance regulating Work, Working Hours and Overtime” (In Dutch: ‘Arbeidsregeling’). Article 23 stipulates what is considered to be a ‘public holiday’.

Some of the public holidays fall on a weekend, and the law mandates for certain holidays that fall on a Sunday, that the day off be then set for the following Monday or next working day. For example, in 2018 Emancipation Day would be on a Sunday, however we have adjusted the schedule and it will fall on Monday, July 2nd.  

In addition, the Carnival Day for the year 2017 falls on Tuesday May 2 and the Carnival Day for the year 2018 falls on Monday April 30th. These dates were established in close consultation with the Sint Maarten Carnival Development Foundation.

The National Public Holidays Schedules for 2017 and 2018 are as follows:


New Year’s Day                      Sunday                        January 1, 2017

Good Friday                           Friday                          April 14, 2017

Easter Sunday                        Sunday                        April 16, 2017

Easter Monday                        Monday                       April 17, 2017

          Kings day                              Thursday                     April 27, 2017

          Labour Day                            Monday                       May 1, 2017

           Carnival Day                         Tuesday                       May 2, 2017

           Ascension Day                       Thursday                     May 25, 2017

 Whit Sunday                          Sunday                        June 4, 2017

Emancipation Day                    Monday                       July 1, 2017

Constitution Day                      Monday                       October 9, 2017

          Sint Maarten’s Day                  Saturday                      November 11, 2017

Christmas Day                        Monday                       December 25, 2017

Boxing Day                             Tuesday                       December 26, 2017

Based on article 23, paragraph 3, sub b, Constitution Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October.


New Year’s Day                      Monday                       January 1, 2018

Good Friday                           Friday                         March 30, 2018

Easter Sunday                        Sunday                        April 1, 2018

Easter Monday                        Monday                       April 2, 2018

          Kings day                              Friday                         April 27, 2018

Carnival Day                          Monday                       April 30, 2018                        

Labour Day                            Tuesday                       May 1, 2018

Ascension Day                        Thursday                     May 10, 2018

Whit Sunday                           Sunday                       May 20, 2018

Emancipation Day                    Monday                       July 2, 2018

Constitution Day                      Monday                       October 8, 2018

          Sint Maarten’s Day                   Sunday                       November 11, 2018

Christmas Day                         Tuesday                      December 25, 2018

Boxing Day                             Wednesday                  December 26, 2018

Based on article 23, paragraph 3, sub b, Constitution Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October.

Copies of these National Public Holidays Schedules may be obtained via the Government website located under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour and the National Gazette

Source: The Daily Herald