Derbyshire Day is September 22nd, a date selected in a vote organised by Andy Whittaker of BBC Radio Derby following the competition he organised to choose a flag for the county.
The date is that on which the Derbyshire Flag was launched, which received 64% of the vote. In the absence of specific dates relating to the creation of Derbyshire as a county, people felt that this was the obvious choice. It was also a date favoured by tourism officials who felt that a date away from high season would be best and this date falls in term time so schools can be involved too. Since Derbyshire Day will see the county’s flag especially raised, it was also deemed fitting that the county day and the county flag were connected. The losing dates were 28th July, the anniversary of Derby’s city status, with 25% of the vote and 12th May, Florence Nightingale’s birthday (resident in the county, at the family home, in her youth) with 11%.