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May Day in Switzerland

Labor Day is also known as International Workers’ Day and May Day. It’s a public holiday in many countries worldwide. It usually occurs around May 1, but several countries observe it on other dates.

Is May Day a Public Holiday?

May Day 2023 is a common local holiday in 5 cantons, an observance in Thurgau and Ticino, and a half day holiday in Solothurn.
A young girl laying in the grass in the spring sun surrounded by daisies.

Labor Day is often used as a day to defend workers’ rights.

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About May Day

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May Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2017MonMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayBL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2018TueMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayBL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2019WedMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayBL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2020FriMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Common local holidayBL, 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)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2023MonMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
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)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2025ThuMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2026FriMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2026FriMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2026FriMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
2027SatMay 1May DayCommon local holidayBL, BS, JU, SH, ZH
2027SatMay 1May Day (Half-Day)ObservanceThurgau, Ticino
2027SatMay 1May Day (Half-Day)Half Day HolidaySolothurn
* Only some parts of Fribourg and Solothurn observe this holiday.

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