Ever thought there should be a day to celebrate the wonderful people of Yorkshire? Well, there is! And while it isn’t a national holiday (it should be), the people of Yorkshire still proudly observe what’s known as ‘Yorkshire Day’ every single year, with tons of wholesome events taking place across the region for 2023.
First celebrated back in 1975 In Beverley, East Yorkshire, the day has become an annual staple in the region’s calendar, and one that we can certainly get behind. So. How did it begin?
Founded by the Light Infantry as a day to celebrate the Yorkshire soldiers who took part in the Battle of Minden, the day became a much wider celebration of Yorkshire thanks to Beverley, with the town using the day to protest against the local government reorganisation of 1974, which saw the Beverley Rural District Council disbanded by the government.
Since then, the celebration has caught on, with the Yorkshire Society arranging gatherings across the region in different cities and towns every year since 1985.
The day is also celebrated by local businesses, too, many of which host Yorkshire-themed events on the day alongside Yorkshire Day offers for the region to enjoy.
It’s become a community highlight, helping Yorkshire folk do more of what they do best: boast about how blooming great we are.
When is Yorkshire Day 2023?
The annual Yorkshire Day celebration takes place on August 1st every single year. The 2022 day will be hosted by Keighley, who’ll be hosting parades, food and drink, activities for children to enjoy and an artisan market.
The event will take place on both Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August in Keighley town centre, between the hours of 10am and 4pm.