Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day is 1st August.

We’re on a mission, to make Yorkshire Day a day to remember for the whole County. A day when the whole County celebrates Yorkshire and shows the world how proud we are to be Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1st August. The date alludes to the Battle of Minden which was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day when, together with five other infantry regiments of the British Army, a rose is permitted to be worn in the headdress. In the case of the Light Infantry, the rose is white.

The date is also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, campaigned.


Each year, The Yorkshire Society awards a Council the honour of hosting the Society’s official Civic event to mark Yorkshire Day, bringing together Mayors, Lord Mayors and Civic Leaders from across the County for a formal celebration and thanksgiving service.

Since 1985, when it was first hosted by York Council, the event has been held in different towns and cities throughout the County and is now an established tradition that we take great pride in managing on behalf of Yorkshire.

The 2020 official civic celebration is being hosted by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.


A gallery of the Whitby event will be here soon.

RIPON 2018