The Bermuda Half Marathon Derby started over one hundred years ago, back in 1909, and the first Bermuda Day Parade took place in 1979. The timeline below shows a brief look at some of the key aspects and you can view extensive coverage of all the Bermuda Day festivities since 2010 here on BDADay.com.
The first Empire Day took place on May 24, 1902 across the British Empire; this day would later become Bermuda Day.
The first race was held, starting what is now the longest standing race in Bermuda history.
The race was cancelled due to the First World War.
The first Bermudian winner of the race, with John Simons winning in 1 hour, 20 minutes.
The first time the derby had male and female categories, with Merernette Bean-Simmons the first female winner.
The first ever Bermuda Day Parade was held.
The first time the cycling race was held on the holiday, won by Buddy Ford.
The half marathon course was altered slightly to ensure that it spans 13.1 miles.
Parliament passes legislation to move the official Bermuda Day holiday to the last Friday of the month of May; the new law took effect in 2018.
Both the race and parade were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
BDADay.com was launched, the most comprehensive website available on the holiday.
After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, the parade is set to return.