Pubs could be allowed to stay open for two extra hours to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.
Victory over Japan Day, known as VJ Day in the UK or Victory in the Pacific Day in some countries, marks the day Imperial Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945.
Their surrender effectively brought World War II to an end.
Ministers had already announced extended opening hours on the anniversary of VE Day in May, along with the traditional early May bank holiday being moved to Friday May 8th to mark the occasion.
And a consultation to mirror the longer opening hours on Saturday August 15 this year will now take place.
In a statement, Police minister Kit Malthouse said: “The proposed Order will extend licensed opening hours from 11pm on Saturday 15 August 2020 until 1am the following morning on Sunday 16 August 2020, for premises licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises and premises licensed for the provision of regulated entertainment.”
He added: “An extension to licensing hours to mark this occasion will be subject to a short consultation with selected partners including representatives of licensing authorities, the police, residents’ groups, veterans’ groups, the licensed trade and the Welsh Government.
“The consultation will focus on the scope of the Order including the dates, times, geographical extent and licensable activities to which it should apply.”
Past national occasions where governments have extended licensing hours have included the Fifa World Cup in 2014 and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
The Royal British legion will mark VJ Day with an event at the National Memorial Arboretum.
It will form part of a three-day programme of events, including a national service of remembrance.
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