The following are public holidays in Uruguay.[1]

Date English name Spanish name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Año Nuevo
January 6 Children's Day Día de los Niños In place of Epiphany (Día de Reyes).
moveable in late February or early March Carnival Carnaval
moveable in late March or early April Tourism Week Semana de Turismo In place of Christian Holy Week (Semana Santa).
April 19 Landing of the 33 Patriots Day Desembarco de los 33 Orientales
May 1 International Workers' Day Día de los Trabajadores
May 18 Battle of Las Piedras Batalla de las Piedras
June 19 Birthday of José Gervasio Artigas Natalicio de Artigas
July 18 Constitution Day Jura de la Constitución To commemorate the promulgation of the First Constitution of Uruguay in 1830.
August 25 Independence Day Declaratoria de la Independencia From the Empire of Brazil in 1825.
October 12 Day of the race (Columbus Day) Día de la Raza
November 2 Deceased ones day (All Souls' Day) Día de los Difuntos
December 25 Day of the Family Día de la Familia In place of Christmas (Navidad), although it is mostly known as and celebrated by this name instead of the non-religious one.

Only 5 of these holidays (January 1, May 1, July 18, August 25 and December 25) imply a mandatory paid leave for workers. The remaining holidays are generally observed by schools, public sector offices, banks, and a few private companies.

Moveable holidays

According to Uruguayan Law 16,805 with modifications of Law 17,414, the holidays declared by law, subject to the commemoration of them, follow the following scheme (whose commemoration as “moveable holidays”):[2][3]

This will not occur with Carnival and Tourism Week, and corresponding to January 1 and 6, May 1, June 19, July 18, August 25, November 2 and December 25, which will continue watching on the day of the week that may occur, whatever the same.


  1. ^ "Information from, in Spanish". Archived from the original on 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  2. ^ "Law 16.805: Holidays. Establishing a system for their application" (in Spanish). Parliament of Uruguay. December 31, 1996. Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Law 17.414: Replacing article 2 of the Law 16.805, arranging that holidays which are determined, among them 'June 19' and 'November 2', will continue to observe on the day of the week in that may occur, no matter what would be" (in Spanish). Parliament of Uruguay. November 14, 2001. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2015.