In South Australia, Volunteers Day is celebrated on the same day as the Queen's Birthday. This public holiday takes place each year on the second Monday in June. In 2014, Volunteers Day will be celebrated in South Australia on Monday 09 June. This holiday celebrates the positive impact that Volunteers have on all of our lives. It celebrates all types of volunteering from patrolling beaches to helping in emergencies to delivering food to the elderly.
Celebrate With a Long Weekend
Since Volunteers Day always falls on a Monday, this provides a long weekend. There are events scheduled to celebrate local volunteers on this public holiday but many people simply enjoy the time off work. Some people plan leisurely days of picnics and gatherings with friends and families, while others take the holiday as an opportunity to travel and plan a long weekend away from home.
A good portion of the organized activities for Volunteers Day in South Australia take place in Adelaide. One of the biggest is the annual Volunteers Day Concert. This afternoon concert is held each year at the Adelaide Festival Centre and features different top-notch performers. Many of the events planned for this holiday are free, showing the local governments appreciation of volunteers.
In addition to entertainment, Volunteers Day also has another element. This is the day where the Volunteer Awards are handed out. These awards recognize the outstanding work of volunteers in South Australia. In recent years, some people in Australia have questioned the celebration of the Queen's Birthday. In South Australia, they solved this by celebrating something positive in local society simultaneously on the same day.
Another festival in Adelaide also overlaps with Volunteers Day. Each year the Adelaide Cabaret Festival happens at the same time as Volunteers Day. Both locals and visitors to Adelaide can keep the celebrations going by attending concerts, shows, and performances.
On this public holiday, stores and restaurants might be operating under special hours. Similar to any long weekend, this holiday also has a reputation for nightlife in Adelaide. Bars and clubs might be running a special to draw people in over the course of the long weekend.
Outside of Adelaide, many people celebrate the long weekend by planning casual get-togethers with family and mates. This is a great time of year to get out of the city and spend a long weekend along the coastline. One of the best ways to plan this type of trip is to book a holiday rental. Since this is a popular weekend to travel, be sure to make reservations in advance.
Rentals offer the convenience of a kitchen for preparing barbecues and beach picnics. Other fun amenities may include private pools, al fresco dining areas, and big living rooms for getting mates together. There are rentals for couples seeking peace and quiet or families looking to plan a big reunion. Whether you call it the Queen's Birthday or Volunteers Day, this long weekend in June is a great break from the daily routine.
(photo courtesy of Les Haines)