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List of National Independence Days

A national day is the most important occasion for a country, being linked to a defining moment in its history.






While most of the time the national day has to do with achievement of freedom, a good number of nations do not link their national days to achieving freedom, but rather to some other event of national importance, such as:

  • Declaration of freedom
  • Formation of state
  • Formation of constitution
  • Declaration of republic
  • Commemorating great leaders/saints/etc.
  • Recognition of freedom
. . . and so on.

Also, very few countries actually describe their national days as such. "National Day" seems to be a rarely-used term.
Here are certain interesting things about the national days of the various countries:
  • Some countries have more than a single national day, e.g., Pakistan.
  • Not all the countries have a fixed date for celebrating their national days. For instance, Thailand celebrates the national day on the king's birthday, which will be different when the throne sees a change.
  • Also, some countries do not have an official national day, but just happen to celebrate on a particular date.
  • The celebration style and feeling of euphoria are vary markedly from one nation to another.

Click on any National Day to know more
List of National Days
Month Date Country National Day Description
May

5-May

The Netherlands

Celebrating the Declaration on Independence from Nazi Germany in 1945

10-May

Israel

Yom Ha'atzmaut

Proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine 1948

15-May

Paraguay

Paraguay Independence Day

Declaration of independence from Spain in 1811

17-May

Norway

Syttende Mai

The signing of the first Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814

20-May

East Timor

East Timor Independence Day

Commemorating the Independence won from Indonesia in 2002

20-May

Cameroon

Cameroon National Day

Creation of a unitary state 1972

20-May

Cuba

Cuban Independence Day

Commemorates the end of the American regime in the country, which had conquered the nation following the Spanish-American War of 1898.

22-May

Yemen

Yemen National Day

North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen 1990

24-May

Bermuda

Bermuda Day

Day specially marked to celebrate the culture and heritage of the islands

24-May

Eritrea

Eritrea Independence Day

Eritrean rebels enter the capital Asmara 1991; independence from Ethiopia 1993

25-May

Jordan

Jordan Independence Day

Commemorating the Independence won from the United Kingdom in 1946

25-May

Argentina

Argentina Revolution Day

Declaration of Independence in 1816 from Spain

26-May

Georgia

Georgia Independence Day

Declaration of independence from Russia 1918

26-May

Guyana

Guyana Independence Day

Proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine 1948

28-May

Ethiopia

Ethiopia National Day

The Derg regime is defeated 1991

June

1-Jun

Samoa

Samoa Independence Day

Independence Day, from New Zealand 1962

2-Jun

Italy

Festa della Repubblica

Italy is voted a republic in 1946 - Giuseppe Garibaldi died on this date in 1882

5-Jun

Denmark

Constitution Day

Denmark celebrates its Constitution Day or 'Grundlovsdag' as it is called in Danish, on June 5.

6-Jun

Sweden

Sweden National Day

Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden 1523, the constitutions of 1809 and 1974

8-Jun

Norfolk Island

National Day

The National Day of Norfolk Island or Bounty Day as it is known in the region is celebrated every year on June 8 in memory of the Pitcairn Islanders who arrived here in 1856.

10-Jun

Portugal

Portugal Independence Day

Day of Camoes, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities, National Poet Luis de Camoes dies in 1580

12-Jun

Philippines

Independence Day

On June 12 every year the Filipinos celebrate their Independence Day of Philippines.

12-Jun

Russia

Independence Day

Russia has been celebrating its independence day on June 12.Russia formally declared its secession from the Soviet Union; the Russian Congress of People's Deputies, which was then headed by Boris Yeltsin, adopted the Declaration of the State Sovereignty, giving birth to the Russian Federation as an independent state.

17-Jun

Iceland

Iceland National Day

Founding of republic and dissolution of personal union with Kingdom of Denmark 1944

18-Jun

Seychelles

Seychelles National Day

The holiday marks the implementation of a multiparty democratic system in the African nation.

21-Jun

Greenland

Greenland National Day

Greenland celebrates its National Day, also known as "Ullortuneq"

23-Jun

Luxembourg

Luxembourg National Day

The Monarch's birthday

25-Jun

Croatia

Croatia National Day

Declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991

25-Jun

Mozambique

Mozambique Independence Day

Independence from Portugal 1975

25-Jun

Slovenia

Slovenia National Day

declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991

26-Jun

Madagascar

Madagascar Independence Day

Independence from France 1960

27-Jun

Djibouti

Djibouti Independence Day

Independence from France 1977

30-Jun

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Independence Day

It was a big day when they achieved their sovereign rights from Belgium.

July

1-July

Canada

Canada Day

Granted nominal independence from United Kingdom in 1867.

1-July

Rwanda

Rwanda Independence Day

Celebrates the golden jubilee of its independence as it completes 50 years of its independence on July 1st.

1-July

Burundi

Burundi Independence Day

Burundi, a landlocked country in Great lake region of Africa, celebrates its Independence Day on July 1st.

1-July

Somalia

Somalia Independence Day

Independence Day of Somalia is celebrated with speeches fostering unity and peace, hoisting of flag, signing of national anthem and colorful police parade of achieving freedom from the colonial powers

3-July

Belarus

Belarus Independence Day

Celebrates the liberation of its capital city, Minsk from the Nazi forces in 1944.

4-July

USA

USA Independence Day

Independence Day in the United States of America is celebrated on July 4th. The holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776.

11-July and 26-Nov

Mongolia

Mongolia National Day

Mongolia celebrates its independence on two days July 11 and November 26.

12-July

Kiribati

Kiribati Independence Day

The Republic of Kiribati, earlier known as Gilbert Islands, gained its independence from British colonial rule on July 12, 1979.

23-July

Egypt

Egypt National Day

Egypt celebrates its national day on July 23 to commemorate the Egyptian revolution that took place on this day in 1952.

30-July

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Independence Day

The Republic of Vanuatu, which was known as New Hebrides until its independence.

August

1-Aug

Switzerland

Switzerland National Day

Palau became a free country on this day in 1994, after being a United Nations Trust Territory under U.S. administration for 47 years.

1-Aug

Benin

Benin Independence Day

On August 1 to commemorate its freedom from France in 1960.

4-Aug

Cook Islands

Constitution Day of Cook Islands

The day marks the day the islands gained the right to self determination in 1965.

6-Aug

Bolivia

Bolivia Independence Day

The day commemorates the anniversary of the establishment of the Bolivian Republic in 1825, after 16 years of bitter struggle

6-Aug

Jamaica

Independence Day of Jamaica

Celebrates its Independence Day on August 6 each year to commemorate its freedom from British colonial occupation. Jamaica gained independence in 1962.

7-Aug

Cote d'Ivoire

Independence Day of Cote d'Ivoire

TCote d'Ivoire Independence Day is observed on August 7 every year to mark the independence of Cote d'Ivoire in 1960.

11-Aug

Chad

Independence Day of Chad

Chad independence day is observed on August 11 every year to mark the independence of Chad in 1960.

14-Aug

Pakistan

Independence Day of Pakistan

Pakistan got separated from India on August 14 1947 and got converted into another independent country.

15-Aug

India

Independence Day of India

India celebrates its Independence Day on 15th August. Independence Day in India commemorates the end of a prolonged British rule over the country.

17-Aug

Indonesia

Independence Day of Indonesia

Indonesia was proclaimed as an independent nation on 17th August, 1945 from the Netherlands.

17-Aug

Gabon

Independence Day of Gabon

Gabonese Republic, commonly known as Gabon, is a country on the west coast of Central Africa that had been under French rule till August 17, 1960.

19-Aug

Afghanistan

Independence Day of Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Independence Day is not a typical commemoration of freedom from a colonial power. Instead, this day is celebrated every year on August 19 to observe the Treaty of Rawalpindi which was signed in 1919 between Britain and Afghanistan.

24-Aug

Ukraine

Independence Day of Ukraine

Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day to commemorate the Declaration of Independence in 1991.

25-Aug

Uruguay

Independence Day of Uruguay

Uruguay became independent on August 25, 1825. Each year this day is observed as the Independence Day of Uruguay.

27-Aug

Moldova

Independence Day of Moldova

The independence of Moldova took place in 1991.It was not an easy affair to set the nation free from the Russian counseling

31-Aug

Malaysia

Independence Day of Malaysia

Malaysia's National Day is one of the chief events in Kuala Lumpur. This day is celebrated as the national holiday and is characterized by parades and other public functions.

September

1-Sept

Uzbekistan

Independence Day of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan got independence from USSR in 1991.

2-Sept

Nagorno-Karabakh

Independence Day of Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh got Independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. Which is also called as "De facto independent"

2-Sept

Vietnam

Independence Day of Vietnam

Vietnam proclaimed independence from Japan and France in 1945.

6-Sept

Swaziland

Independence Day of Swaziland

Swaziland got independence from United Kingdom in 1968.

7-Sept

Brazil

Independence Day of Brazil

Brazil got independence from Portugal in 1822. Recognized on August 29, 1825.

8-Sept

Macedonia

Independence Day of Macedonia

Macedonia got independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Which is also known as "Den na nezavisnosta"

9-Sept

North Korea

Established Day of North Korea

North Korea established the D.P.R.K. in 1948.

9-Sept

Tajikistan

Independence Day of Tajikistan

Tajikistan got independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

15-Sept

Costa Rica

Independence Day of Costa Rica

Costa Rica got independence from Spain in 1821.

15-Sept

El Salvador

Independence Day of El Salvador

El Salvador got independence from Spain in 1821.

15-Sept

Guatemala

Independence Day of Guatemala

Guatemala got independence from Spain in 1869.

15-Sept

Honduras

Independence Day of Honduras

Honduras got independence from Spain in 1821.

15-Sept

Nicaragua

Independence Day of Nicaragua

Nicaragua got independence from Spain in 1821.

16-Sept

Mexico

Independence Day of Mexico

Mexico independence from Spain declared in 1810. Recognized on September 27, 1821.

16-Sept

Papua New Guinea

Independence Day of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea got independence from Australia.

19-Sept

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Independence Day of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis got independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.

21-Sept

Armenia

Independence Day of Armenia

Armenia independence from the Soviet Union in 1991

21-Sept

Belize

Independence Day of Belize

Belize got independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981.

21-Sept

Malta

Independence Day of Malta

Malta got independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.

22-Sept

Mali

Independence Day of Mali

Mali fot independence from France in 1960.

24-Sept

Guinea-Bissau

Independence Day of Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau declared independence from Portugal in 1973

30-Sept

Botswana

Independence Day of Botswana

Botswana got independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.

October

1-Oct

Palau

Palau Independence Day

Palau became a free country on this day in 1994, after being a United Nations Trust Territory under U.S. administration for 47 years.

November

18-Nov

Morocco

Morocco Independence Day

Morocco celebrates its Independence Day, the Eid Al Istiqulal, on November 18 to honor the return of their King Mohammed to Morocco.

11-Nov

Poland

Independence Day of Poland

Poland got its freedom on 11 November, 1918; i.e. after 123 years of partition and rule by Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia.

22-Nov

Lebanon

Independence Day of Lebanon

Lebanon gained independence on 22 November 1943. The day is celebrated to commemorate the liberation of Lebanon from the French Mandate.

28-Nov

Albanian

Independence Day of Albanian

Albania got freedom from the Ottoman Empire on 28 November 1912.

December

12-Dec

Kenya

Kenya Independence Day

Kenya Independence Day - Kenya celebrates its independence on 12th December, as it got independence from United Kingdom on December 12, 1963.

16-Dec

Kazakhstan

Independence Day of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, the world's ninth largest nation - officially called the Republic of Kazakhstan - proclaimed its sovereignty on 25 October 1990 and complete independence on 16 December 1991.