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May Day in Switzerland

Labor Day is also known as May Day and is a public holiday in many countries across the world. It usually occurs around May 1, but the date can vary.

Is May Day a Public Holiday?

This is a half-day holiday. Schools, businesses, and public sector offices are open for only part of the day.

A young girl laying in the grass in the spring sun surrounded by daisies.

Labor Day, also known as May Day, is a day of rest and is usually held in early May.

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About May Day

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May Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2016SunMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2017MonMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2018TueMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2019WedMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2020FriMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2021SatMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2021SatMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2021SatMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2022SunMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2022SunMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2022SunMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2023MonMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2023MonMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2023MonMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2024WedMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2024WedMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2024WedMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2025ThuMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2025ThuMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2025ThuMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2026FriMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2026FriMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2026FriMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
* Only some parts of Fribourg and Solothurn observe this holiday.

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