The change – only the second time that the bank holiday has been moved – means that the May Day holiday will now take place on Friday, 8 May.
Announcing the change, business secretary Greg Clark said, “VE marked an historic moment in not only our nation’s, but the world’s history and it is important that we commemorate this great occasion on its 75th anniversary. Honouring those who did their duty – whether on the battlefields of Europe or through their efforts and sacrifices here at home.
“Moving next year’s early May bank holiday to VE Day itself is a right and fitting tribute. It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation.”
VE Day was first celebrated on 8 May 1945 when allied forces formally accepted Germany’s surrender.
The only other time the day of the bank holiday was changed was in 1995 in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of VE day.