Constitution Day is a public holiday in Anguilla. The date is movable, simply having to come at the end of “August Carnival”.
|2020||7 Aug||Fri||Constitution Day|
|2021||6 Aug||Fri||Constitution Day|
|2022||5 Aug||Fri||Constitution Day|
Anguilla has been under a new constitution since 1 April 1982, that gives the country internal self-rule on most matters but that lets the UK handle their external affairs, defence, internal security, judiciary, and a few other matters. That constitution was amended in 1990, but remains essentially the same.
A governor represents the Queen (or king) of the UK, while an elected parliamentary government handles internal affairs. The political system is multi-party and fully democratic. There is a head executive, executive council, a House of Assembly, and a judiciary.
Every Constitution Day, a “Grand Parade of Troupes” is held where colourfully clad costume-wearers from all over the island gather to parade and display the local culture. This follows on the heels of Anguilla’s summer festivals, and is a major local and international event.