VE Day street party

VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) marks the penultimate chapter in the Second World War when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end. And this year’s spectacle is set to be one of the largest yet after the first May bank holiday was put back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with VE Day.

Customer notice

VE Day street parties have been postponed and will no longer be held on the May bank holiday. Applications are currently unavailable.

VE Day street party

We are urging communities across the borough to hold their own street parties, reminiscent of the celebrations that took place 75 years earlier.

Residents holding a street party are encouraged to consider supporting #OperationPicnic – a campaign from local charity The Poppy Factory – aimed at raising money for 100 veterans.

The Poppy Factory support men and women who have typically been out of the Armed Forces for over ten years. Many experience additional barriers to employment alongside their health conditions. The Poppy Factory help veterans to thrive in the civilian workplace. 

Benefits of a street party

There are lots of benefits to having a street party on your road:

  • Meet your neighbours
  • Build a friendly community, rather than being a stranger
  • Allow children to play close to home
  • Give children the space to play safely
  • increase a sense of community by bringing neighbours together
  • Encourage more activities to take place in the local area

Steps to take

  • Discuss holding a street party with your neighbours and ask if they support it
  • Apply for a Street Party online before Thursday 2 April 2020
  • Promote your Street Party
  • Enjoy your Street Party on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May 2020


Over the VE Day weekend, we are waving the road closure fee. However, you will need to pay for the local posters/letters to inform and engage with your neighbours and promote the play.

You will need

Before you start the form you will need the following:

  • Read our guidance on holding a street party
  • The name of the road you are proposing to close and the dates and times of closure. Please note the maximum road closure is for 12 hours duration
  • A brief list of properties affected
  • A statement to say if most residents have agreed to this event or not 
  • If the road/s you wish to close are used by through traffic you will need to attach a traffic plan showing the exact extent of the closure and an alternative route for traffic
  • If you are planning to close a road which is part of a bus route you will need to consult the bus company and attach a copy of their response
  • If you are planning a road closure you will also need to consult any businesses in the wider area that may be affected. If you have already consulted them you will need to attach a copy of your consultation invitation or notice and confirm the date it was sent.

VE day poster

The Poppy Factory logo

Updated: 30 March 2020