2021 will mark the 76th anniversary of Liberation Day, which is the event closest to the hearts of Islanders. A designated bank holiday, Liberation Day commemorates the arrival of allied forces on 9th May 1945 to formally accept German surrender and free the island from 5 years of occupation and hardship.
Marked each year by Islanders old and young, as the date approaches Jersey explodes in a sea of red, white and blue, with flags and bunting hung from about every flagpole, window and streetlamp from east to west, north to south. The day itself brings street parties, cavalcades, memorial services, barn dances and more, with the centrepiece being an emotional yet joyous reenactment of the British flag being raised at the Pomme d’Or Hotel.
Visitors are warmly invited to share in the celebrations and learn about the history that echoes through the island to this day.