VE Day 2020


VE Day 2020 marks 75 years since VE Day.

8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. 

The war in the East did not end until 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered. The day was celebrated across the world as ‘Victory over Japan’ (VJ Day). 



Although celebrations have been changed due to social distancing there are still lots of ways you get involved and show your support in marking the day via your digital channels and activities at home.

We have gathered some information here. Click on the links for more information.


Dan Snow's VE Day Challenge - Get your entries in by 6 May


Here is a document with an itinerary of what the BBC is putting on and some ideas (with links) of how organise  a VE day party at home with songs, recipes and dances.

VE Day Party Plan


Other activities taking place to mark the occasion - 

  • Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow will host history lessons for children from Monday 4 May. At 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Dan will host a History Hit live on YouTube’s Timeline channel that will focus on a different aspect of the Second World War and aim to teach the public about the importance of VE Day.  


  • The Government and Ancestry are working together to encourage the public to join together in commemorating VE Day by discovering their own connection to the Second World War. As part of this, all UK historical records available on will be free for the public from Monday 4 May until Sunday 10 May, giving people the opportunity to uncover the personal stories of the Second World War and the roles their families played.