National Public Holiday Schedules 2017 and 2018 released

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.