The first annual Bermuda Day holiday to be celebrated on Friday, May 25th, with extended Bermuda Day holiday events on the upcoming three-day holiday weekend.

And since the change in Government, the Progressive Labour Party is taking the main VIP pavilion back to the Leopards Club, instead of Front Street in Hamilton.

This year’s line up promises to be a full and colourful events, starting early in the morning with the annual Bermuda Day Sinclair Packwood Memorial Cycle Race that starts at the west end this year at 8:50am.

The annual Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby gets underway ten minutes later at 9am and finishes at Bernard Park.

The Heritage Junior Classic Race is scheduled to start outside Docksiders on Front Street in Hamilton at 9:45am.

From then on the focus moves to the annual Bermuda Day Parade, which gets underway at 1:30pm.

On Saturday, May 26 the set moves up to the west end when Bacardi presents ‘A Premier Night Club Experience at the Oracle Boat Shed in Dockyard.

That party gets underway at 10pm until 3am Sunday morning. Tickets are $75.

The event features international and live local entertainment, VIP lounges and bottle service.

Part proceeds will benefit The Chewstick Foundation.

Earlier this year in March, then Acting Minister for Cultural Affairs, Lovitta Foggo said plans were underway to expand the Bermuda Day holiday over three days.

Moving forward she the plan is to “rebrand Bermuda Day to make it bigger and better and showcase new events and festivities that will engage the entire community”.

“What we hope to create is the entire Bermuda Day Weekend experience that all residents of Bermuda, both Bermudians and non-Bermudians, as well as our visitors, can participate in and enjoy,” said Ms Foggo.