Public Holiday (SA)

Public Holiday Quick Facts

AKA NameAdelaide Cup Day
Hashtags#AdelaideCup, #AdelaideCupDay, #MarchPublicHoliday, #PublicHoliday
2021 Date8 March 2021
2022 Date14 March 2022
Public Holiday (SA)

Public Holiday History

The March Public Holiday, also known as Adelaide Cup Day, is a public holiday in the state of South Australia that celebrates the running of the Adelaide Cup. The Adelaide Cup is a 3200m long horse race held at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, Australia. It was first run in 1864, making it one of the oldest horse races in Australia.

The March Public Holiday is observed on the second Monday of March. The day provides a well-needed day off for residents of South Australia.

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Public Holiday Facts & Quotes

  • The prize money for the Adelaide cup is $400,000.
  • The Adelaide Cup and the Melbourne Cup are the same length (3200m), however no horse since Subzero in 1992 has been able to win both Cups.
  • Originally, the race was run over 13 furlongs, then 16 furlongs and with the adoption of the metric system, it was changed to 3200m in 1973.
  • The race usually begins around 4:00 PM in Adelaide.
  • All the function areas, apart from the beer garden, which is a fresh initiative this year, are sold out - Brenton Wilkinson, chief executive of Adelaide Cup

Public Holiday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the Adelaide Cup. Get your tickets early because the races, venues and events get sold out quickly.
  • Wear red. Red is the official colour of the Adelaide Cup and it is recommended that red be worn on Cup day.
  • Get shopping for an outfit. Race day outfits are very traditional and for ladies, include fancy hats.
  • Watch a movie about horse racing. Some of our favourites: Racing Stripes (2005), Seabiscuit (2003), Secretariat (2010), The Derby Stallion (2005) and Dreamer (2005).
  • Spread awareness of the day on social media using hashtags #SAPublicHoliday, #AdelaideCup, #AdelaideCupDay and #AdelaineCupWinner.

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