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Canberra Day is a public holiday held annually on the second Monday in March in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to celebrate the official naming of Canberra. Canberra was named at a ceremony on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the then Governor-General Lord Denman.

Canberra Day
Observed byAustralian Capital Territory
DateSecond Monday in March
2018 dateMarch 12  (2018-03-12)
2019 dateMarch 11  (2019-03-11)
2020 dateMarch 9  (2020-03-09)
2021 dateMarch 8  (2021-03-08)

On 3 March 2007, the ACT Minister Andrew Barr (now Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory) introduced a bill to change the day of Canberra Day to the second Monday in March so it falls closer more often to the actual birthday of Canberra.[1] Previously it had been held on the third Monday in March. In 2012 Canberra Day fell on 12 March. In 2013 it fell on 11 March, for the Centenary of Canberra.

Annual events associated with Canberra Day include the Canberra Festival, which runs from 11-20 March 2011, the Chief Minister's Canberra Day Awards Ceremony, and the Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular.

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  1. ^ "Changes to Canberra Day Public Holiday From 2008". Office of the ACT Chief Minister. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2007.