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Holiday Calendar for the U.S. Embassy London and U.S. Consulates Belfast and Edinburgh


May 2022

Memorial Day
Monday, May 30

June 2022

Spring bank holiday
Thursday, June 02

Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
Friday, June 03

Juneteenth Holiday
Monday, June 20

July 2022

Independence Day
Monday, July 04

Orangemen's Day (N. Ireland only)
Tuesday, July 12

Orangemen's Day (N. Ireland only)
Wednesday, July 13

August 2022

Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland only, first Monday in August)
Monday, August 01

Summer Bank Holiday
Monday, August 29

September 2022

Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
Monday, September 05

Autumn Bank Holiday (3rd Monday in September, Scotland only)
Monday, September 19

October 2022

Columbus Day (second Monday in October)
Monday, October 10

November 2022

Veteran's Day
Friday, November 11

Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
Thursday, November 24

December 2022

Boxing Day (Observed)
Monday, December 26

Christmas Day (substitute day)
Tuesday, December 27

January 2023

New Year’s Day (substitute day)
Monday, January 02

2nd January (Scotland-only substitute day)
Tuesday, January 03



Joint Statement on U.S. – UK Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen


April 26, 2022

ABERDEEN – On April 25 and 26 United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted the second U.S. – UK Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Dialogue follows President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement last year of a new ‘Atlantic Charter’ and builds on the successful inaugural Trade Dialogue in Baltimore earlier in March. Ambassador Tai and Secretary of State Trevelyan agreed to collaborate further on: delivering practical support for SMEs, digitizing U.S.-UK trade in the modern economy, building resilience in critical supply chains, addressing the global trade impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, promoting environmental protection and the transition to net zero, supporting high labor and environmental standards, and promoting innovation and inclusive economic growth for workers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Over the two days, Ambassador Katherine Tai and Secretary of State Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted a series of roundtable discussions with a diverse group of stakeholders from the U.S. and UK business community, trade unions and civil society, in additional to bilateral discussions between U.S. and UK officials.

Drawing on the stakeholder discussions and bilateral talks in Aberdeen and Baltimore, Ambassador Katherine Tai and Secretary of State Anne-Marie Trevelyan directed their teams to work at pace over the next several weeks to develop an ambitious roadmap with economically meaningful outcomes, including in the areas of:

  • Supporting SMEs to trade. Support and enhance U.S.-UK SME trade, by collaborating to identify and overcome barriers to trade, focusing on trade facilitation for SMEs, sharing and promoting best practice, and working together on activities to promote and support SMEs, including those owned by under-represented groups and women entrepreneurs, and those in disadvantaged communities. We intend to harness the June U.S.-UK SME Dialogue in Boston to help achieve these objectives.
  • Harnessing the benefits of digital trade. Advance outcomes in digital trade that benefit businesses, including SMEs, workers and consumers by supporting the digitalization of trading systems and transactions. The U.S. and UK will also seek to build on the G7 Digital Trade Principles.
  • Levelling Up and worker-centric trade. Work to develop more durable and inclusive trade policies that demonstrate that trade can be a force for good and create more opportunities for people and gender equity across the U.S. and UK.  Support the protection of labor rights and tackle forced labor globally.
  • Supporting resilient supply chains. Collaborate on promoting critical supply chain resilience to help ensure strong and robust supply chains, bringing together expertise from both our nations.
  • Food security. Support open, predictable, rules-based agricultural trade to mitigate supply chain disruptions and restore global food security imperiled by Russian aggression in Ukraine.  Continue to cooperate closely through the current crisis and other issues impacting agricultural supply chains, to help ensure more resilient, efficient and sustainable food systems against future shocks, and to promote the availability of safe, affordable foods for consumers worldwide.
  • Supporting the environment and climate action. Deepen cooperation on trade and the environment, with work to promote decarbonizing our economies consistent with COP26 outcomes, exchanging information, and developing joint approaches to environment and trade, supporting businesses, green jobs and the growth of low-carbon economies.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: The U.S. and the UK stand with Ukraine and its people in the face of the Russian President Putin’s unprovoked, premeditated attack against the sovereign nation of Ukraine. In coordination with their allies and partners, the U.S. and UK have already adopted unprecedented economic and financial sanctions against Russia, and they stand ready to increase the economic pressure to help bring this war to an end. Ministers agreed that their officials would remain closely coordinated, and they will encourage other international partners, including the G7 and other WTO Members, to take action in support of Ukraine’s economic recovery.


Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to Norway and the United Kingdom

MAY 4, 2022

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Oslo from May 6-7 and London from May 8-11 to engage with government counterparts to accelerate cooperation to address the climate crisis, including ocean-climate linkages such as green shipping, conserving and restoring forests, reducing global methane emissions, and scaling up private sector finance for climate action across energy, land, and other sectors. Secretary Kerry will meet with the Sustainable Markets Initiative, the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, representatives from the business and finance sectors, and government leaders in both countries.