Americans may have to wait another week to get their first three-day weekend of the summer, but here on the island, Bermuda Day is officially upon us. Monday, May 24th marks the official start of the season—a long day of play including a festive parade through the City of Hamilton with floats, majorettes and marching bands; the Bermuda Marathon Derby, a half-marathon road race from Somerset to Hamilton (that's a picture from last year's race); and a flotilla of boats that normally fill picturesque Paradise Lakes. It’s also the first day of the year when local residents traditionally go swimming in the ocean and when businessmen get the green light to don their colorful Bermuda shorts to work. (Consider me way ahead of the curve: I’ve already done both). I guess what I’m really trying to say is that Bermuda Shorts, like the rest of the island, will be closing it’s doors on Monday. After all, I think our hard-working staff deserves a day off, don’t you? Expect a full report on Tuesday, May 25 in addition to a very special announcement for all you cinephiles and mountainlovers out there. Stay tuned!
is a Bermuda-based travel writer and television correspondent. To read his work visit DavidLaHuta.com or to follow him on Twitter visit Twitter.com/DavidLaHuta. Visiting Bermuda? Read his story, 36 Hours in Bermuda, which appeared in the New York Times travel section in September 2009 (http://bit.ly/36HoursBermuda) and Jetsetter's The Many Faces of Bermuda, which ran in January 2011 (http://bit.ly/FacesOfBDA).