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May Day in Switzerland

May Day, or Labor Day, is a public holiday in many countries worldwide. It usually occurs around May 1, but the date varies across countries. It is associated with the start of spring as well as the celebration of workers.

Is May Day a Public Holiday?

May Day is a public holiday in 10 cantons, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

May Day, known as Labor Day in some countries, is a day of rest and is usually held in the spring.

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About May Day

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May Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2015FriMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2016SunMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2017MonMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2018TueMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2019WedMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2020FriMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2021SatMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2022SunMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2023MonMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2024WedMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
2025ThuMay 1May DayCommon local holidayAG, BL, BS, FR*, JU, SH, SO*, TG, TI, ZH
* Only some parts of Fribourg and Solothurn observe this holiday.

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