Working with bank holidays with a Carbon wrapper

Working with dates in php is easy but working with bank holidays is a little more involved thankfully there is an awesome Carbon class that makes it super easy!

Getting setup requires composer:

composer require citco/carbon

Then to use it import it:

use Citco\Carbon;

Then you can initialise it and use it like this:

// Creates a new instance of the class
$c = new Carbon(); // Today's date

Get an array of bank holidays:

// Returns array of holidays for the given year

To check if a date falls on a bank holiday it’s as simple as:

$boolean = $c->isBankHoliday('2017-03-28');

Returns the event when it’s a bank holiday and null for any other day.

Get the library from


David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

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