Celebrating Bermuda Day

Aired on June 30, 2019

Every May the entire population on the island of Bermuda gathers to celebrate Bermuda Day, formerly known as Empire Day.  The holiday initially marked the birthday of Queen Victoria across all of the British colonies.  However, as the colonies gained independence this day shifted as a celebration to mark national identity and heritage.

Until May 2018, Bermuda Day was celebrated on May 24th.  However, the national holiday is now celebrated on the last Friday of the month.   The day begins with a marathon for kids and adults and is followed by parade.  Vistors and residents set up camp along side the road and enjoy the day’s festivities with LOTS of food and plenty of drink.  We were there to enjoy the celebration and our anniversary.

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  • Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq., is a co-founder of World Footprints, a social impact travel media company that she runs with her husband, Ian. She is an award-winning journalist, global public speaker, and three-time TEDx presenter who has written for several prominent publications including the Miami Herald, AAA World, The Lens and Island Soul. Recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year alongside Ian, Tonya serves on several travel industry boards, including SATW, The Explorers Club (DC chapter), NATJA, and JourneyWoman. She has also been appointed to the Maryland Tourism Development Board by Governor Wes Moore.