Discovery Day is celebrated in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the nearest Monday to June 24 and this year falls on Monday June 23, 2014. It is also known as Cabot 500 Day and remembers Giovanni Caboto’s (also known as John Cabot) discovery of the province’s island portion on June 24, 1497.
Many communities choose to hold their own celebrations but it is in Bonavista where many events take place. Some schools may be closed.
Discovery Day is a paid holiday for government employees in Newfoundland and Labrador but it is not a public (statutory) holiday under employment standards legislation for all other employees. However, it may be a discretionary day off with or without pay granted to employees by their employer in the private sector.