Bermuda Cup Match 2019


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August 1st and 2nd, The two-day holiday became the annual two days of cricket played between the St. George’s Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Club for the cup – Cup Match.

In 1947 two official national public holidays were introduced and are now held annually on the Thursday and Friday closest to August 1st. The first day of the Cup Match holiday was named Emancipation Day in 1999, and continues the tradition of remembering the end of slavery. The second holiday, Somers Day, commemorates Admiral Sir George Somers, whose ship, the Sea Venture, was on its way to the Virginia settlement when it wrecked in Bermuda in 1609. This shipwreck led to the island’s permanent settlement by the British in 1612.

However, Cup Match is so much more than cricket. The Emancipation Day holiday commemorates one of the most significant moments in our history and acknowledges a period from our past that shaped and continues to influence our society today. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing and a time for assessment, self-improvement and planning the future.


Cup Match Holiday Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2.

Banks and Government offices will be closed. Some retailers and department stores will be closed or on shorter hours.

Dockyard will be open for business as usual. Some businesses in St. George’s will be open.

Public Buses will run on the Sunday and Public Holiday schedule

Ferry routes schedule

  • Blue Route Dockyard/Hamilton and Orange Route Dockyard/St. George’s will run on the regular Monday to Friday schedule.
  • The Pink Route Paget/Warwick Route will run on Sunday and Holiday schedule.
  • The Green Route Rockaway/Watford Bridge/Cavello Bay will not operate.

The following attractions are open:

  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, Flatts
  • Crystal and Fantasy Caves, Bailey’s Bay more
  • National Museum of Bermuda, Dockyard
  • Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Hamilton more


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