County Days

Calendar created by Luke Blackstaffe.

Special commemorative days have been established by a number of counties to celebrate the achievements of famous sons and daughters and to extol the virtues of any particular county. While, obviously, county flags may be flown at any time, these special days are ideal occasions to fly them. In several counties, such as Cornwall, Sussex and Yorkshire, there is a marked recognition of the county day, with flags raised and special ceremonies held, whilst in other locations the concept is still fresh and not widely considered.

Other counties have yet to establish definitive days for themselves although the date a recently acquired flag was established is itself a viable date to be recognised as a county day. In recent years another aspect associated with the “County Day” has been the raising of the flag at the headquarters of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) at its Eland House headquarters, London. Although sadly, this practice now seems to be discontinued, all the county flags were raised by government on Historic County Flags Day (see below) 2019.

County and regional days are listed below by location and further on, by a list in chronological order

Historic County Flags Day – July 23rd

December 7th 2020

England    

  1. Bedfordshire Day – November 28th 
  2. Buckinghamshire – July 29th
  3. Cornwall – March 5th
  4. County Durham – March 20th
  5. Cumberland – September 24th
  6. Devon – June 4th
  7. Derbyshire – September 22nd
  8. Dorset – June 1st
  9. Essex – October 26th
  10. Hampshire – July 15th
  11. Huntingdonshire – April 25
  12. Kent – May 26th
  13. Lancashire – November 27th
  14. Lincolnshire – October 1st
  15. Middlesex – May 16th
  16. Nottinghamshire – August 25th
  17. Norfolk – July 27th
  18. Northamptonshire – October 25th
  19. Oxfordshire – October 19th
  20. Rutland – September 13th
  21. Shropshire – February 23rd
  22. Somerset – May 11th
  23. Staffordshire – May 1st
  24. Suffolk Day – June 21st
  25. Sussex Day – June 16th
  26. Gloucestershire Day – September 21st
  27. Westmorland – September 29th
  28. Wiltshire – June 5th
  29. Yorkshire – August 1st
  30. Yorkshire – East Riding – August 24th
  31. Yorkshire – North Riding – August 22nd
  32. Yorkshire – West Riding – March 29th

Scotland  Scotland December 14th 2018b

  1. Orkney – April 16th
  2. Shetland – June 21st

Wales                          2-12-20  

  1. Caernarfonshire – November 28th
  2. Monmouthshire – September 25th
  3. Pembrokeshire – June 1st

Regional

  1. Black Country – July 14th
  2. East Anglia – March 8th
  3. Mercia Day – June 22nd
  4. Northumbria – August 31st
  5. Wessex – May 25th

County and other regional days in chronological order.

  1. February 23rd – Shropshire
  2. March 5th – Cornwall
  3. March 8th – East Anglia
  4. March 20th – County Durham
  5. March 29 – Yorkshire – West Riding
  6. April 16th – Orkney
  7. April 25th – Huntingdonshire
  8. May 1st – Staffordshire
  9. May 11th – Somerset
  10. May 16th – Middlesex
  11. May 25th – Wessex
  12. May 26th – Kent
  13. June 1st – Dorset
  14. June 1st – Pembrokeshire
  15. June 4th – Devon
  16. June 5th – Wiltshire
  17. June 16th – Sussex
  18. June 21st – Suffolk
  19. June 21st – Shetland
  20. June 22nd – Mercia
  21. July 14th – Black Country
  22. July 15th – Hampshire
  23. July 23rd – Historic County Flags Day
  24. July 27th – Norfolk
  25. July 29th – Buckinghamshire
  26. August 1st – Yorkshire
  27. August 22nd – Yorkshire – North Riding
  28. August 24th – Yorkshire – East Riding
  29. August 25th – Nottinghamshire
  30. August 31st – Leicestershire
  31. August 31st – Northumbria
  32. September 13th – Rutland
  33. September 21st – Gloucestershire
  34. September 22nd – Derbyshire
  35. September 24th – Cumberland
  36. September 25th – Monmouthshire
  37. September 29th – Westmorland
  38. October 1st – Lincolnshire
  39. October 19th – Oxfordshire
  40. October 25th – Northamptonshire
  41. October 26th – Essex
  42. November 27th – Lancashire
  43. November 28th – Bedfordshire
  44. November 28th – Caernarfonshire