The Queen's birthday is a national public holiday. The Queen's real birthday is on April 21 but in Australia her birthday is celebrated on the second Monday of June in all states except Western Australia and Queensland.
In Queensland, in 2012 only, there will be two public holidays for the Queen. The Queen's Birthday public holiday will be in October and, in June, there will be the Queen's Diamond Jubilee public holiday. The Diamond Jubilee celebrates her 60 years as Queen.
On the Queen's birthday holiday, government offices, schools and many businesses are closed but stores are open. Some smaller shops may close or have shorter opening hours. On the Queen's Birthday holiday there are fireworks. These fireworks are not as big as the fireworks on New Year's Eve.