List of National Days and 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 of a country is linked to the day of independence, a good number of nations associate it with some other event of national importance.

  • 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.

S.N.CountryDateNational Day
1Afghanistan19 AugustIndependence Day of Afghanistan
2Albania28 NovemberDita e Pavarësisë (Independence Day of Albania)
3Alderney (British Islands)9 May
4Algeria1 November 
5American Samoa (United States)17 April 
6Andalusia (Spain)28 February 
7Andorra8 September 
8Angola11 November 
9Anguilla (United Kingdom)30 May 
10Antigua and Barbuda1 November 
11Aragon (Spain)23 April 
12Argentina25 MayArgentina Revolution Day
13Argentina9 JulyArgentina Independence Day
14Armenia28 MayArmenia Republic Day
15Armenia21 SeptemberIndependence Day of Armenia
16Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)18 March 
17Ascension (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
18Australia26 January 
19Austria26 October 
20Azerbaijan28 May 
21Bahamas10 July 
22Bahrain16 December 
23Bangladesh26 March 
24Bangladesh16 December 
25Barbados30 NovemberBarbados Independence Day
26Basque Country (Spain)25 October
27Belarus3 JulyBelarus Independence Day
28Belgium21 July 
29Belize10 September 
30Belize21 SeptemberIndependence Day of Belize
31Benin1 AugustBenin Independence Day
32Bermuda (United Kingdom)24 MayBermuda Day
33Bhutan17 December 
34Bolivia6 AugustBolivia Independence Day
35Bosnia and Herzegovina1 March 
36Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina)25 November
37Botswana30 SeptemberIndependence Day of Botswana
38Brazil7 SeptemberIndependence Day of Brazil (Dia da Independência)
39British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)1 July
40Brunei23 February 
41Bulgaria3 March 
42Burkina Faso4 August 
43Burkina Faso5 August 
44Burundi1 JulyBurundi Independence Day
45Cambodia9 November 
46Cameroon20 MayCameroon National Day
47Canada1 JulyCanada Day
48Cape Verde12 September 
49Catalonia (Spain)11 September 
50Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)1st Monday in July 
51Central African Republic1 December 
52Chad11 AugustIndependence Day of Chad
53Chile18 September 
54People's Republic of China1 October 
55Republic of China10 OctoberDouble Ten Day
56Colombia20 July 
57Comoros6 July 
58Congo30 JuneCongo Independence Day
59Congo-Brazzaville15 August 
60Cook Islands4 AugustConstitution Day of Cook Islands
61Costa Rica15 SeptemberIndependence Day of Costa Rica
62Croatia25 JuneCroatia Statehood Day
63Cuba1 JanuaryCuba Liberation Day
64Curaçao (Kingdom of the Netherlands)2 July 
65Cyprus1 October 
66Czech Republic28 October 
67Côte d'Ivoire7 AugustIndependence Day of Cote d'Ivoire
68Denmark5 JuneDenmark Constitution Day or Grundlovsdag
69Djibouti27 JuneDjibouti Independence Day
70Dominican Republic27 February 
71Dominican Republic16 August 
72Dominica3 November 
73East Timor20 MayEast Timor Independence Day
74Ecuador10 August 
75Egypt23 JulyEgyptian Revolution Day
76Egypt6 October 
77El Salvador15 SeptemberIndependence Day of El Salvador
78England (United Kingdom)23 AprilSt George's Day
79Equatorial Guinea12 October 
80Eritrea24 MayEritrea Independence Day
81Estonia24 FebruaryIndependence Day
82Ethiopia28 MayDownfall of the Derg Day
83Falkland Islands (United Kingdom)14 June 
84Faroe Islands (Denmark)29 July 
85Fiji10 October 
86Finland6 December 
87Florida (United States)2 April 
88France14 July 
89French Guiana (France)20 December 
90Gabon17 AugustIndependence Day of Gabon
91Gambia18 February 
92Georgia26 MayGeorgia Independence Day
93Germany3 October 
94Ghana6 March 
95Gibraltar (United Kingdom)10 September 
96Greece25 March 
97Greece28 October 
98Greenland (Denmark)21 JuneGreenland National Day (Ullortuneq)
99Grenada7 February 
100Guadeloupe (France)27 May 
101Guam (United States)21 July 
102Guatemala15 SeptemberIndependence Day of Guatemala
103Guernsey (British Islands)9 May
104Guinea-Bissau24 SeptemberIndependence Day of Guinea-Bissau
105Guinea3 April 
106Guyana23 FebruaryMashramani
107Haiti1 January 
108Herm (British Islands)9 May
109Honduras15 SeptemberIndependence Day of Honduras
110Hong Kong (China)1 July 
111Hungary15 March 
112Hungary20 August 
113Hungary23 October 
114Iceland17 JuneIceland National Day
115India26 JanuaryIndia Republic Day
116India15 AugustIndependence Day of India
117Indonesia17 AugustIndependence Day of Indonesia
118Iran11 February 
119Iraq3 October 
120Ireland17 March 
121Isle of Man (British Islands)5 July (usual date) 
122Israel14 May (date varies according to Jewish calendar at 5 Iyar)Yom Ha'atzmaut
123Italy25 April 
124Italy2 JuneFesta della Repubblica
125Jamaica1st Monday in AugustIndependence Day of Jamaica
126Japan11 February 
127Jersey (British Islands)9 May
128Jordan25 MayJordan Independence Day
129Kazakhstan30 August 
130Kazakhstan25 October 
131Kenya12 DecemberJamhuri Day (Kenya Independence Day)
132Kiribati12 JulyKiribati Independence Day
133Kosovo17 February 
134Kurdistan21 March 
135Kuwait25 February 
136Kuwait26 February 
137Kyrgyzstan31 August 
138Laos2 December 
139Latvia18 November 
140Lebanon25 May 
141Lebanon22 NovemberIndependence Day of Lebanon
142Lesotho4 October 
143Liberia26 July 
144Libya17 February 
145Liechtenstein15 August 
146Lithuania16 February 
147Lithuania6 July 
148Luxembourg23 JuneLuxembourg National Day
149Macau (China)20 December 
150Republic of Macedonia8 SeptemberMacedonia Independence Day (Den na nezavisnosta)
151Madagascar26 JuneMadagascar Independence Day
152Madeira (Spain)1 July 
153Malawi6 July 
154Malaysia31 AugustIndependence Day of Malaysia (Hari Merdeka)
155Malaysia16 SeptemberMalaysia Day
156Mali22 SeptemberIndependence Day of Mali
157Malta31 MarchFreedom Day
158Malta7 JuneSette Giugno
159Malta8 SeptemberVictory Day
160Malta21 SeptemberMalta Independence Day
161Malta13 DecemberMalta Republic Day
162Marshall Islands1 May 
163Martinique (France)22 May 
164Mauritania28 November 
165Mauritius12 March 
166Mayotte (France)27 April 
167Mexico16 SeptemberIndependence Day of Mexico (Grito de Dolores)
168Micronesia3 November 
169Minorca (Spain)17 January
170Moldova27 AugustMoldova Independence Day
171Monaco19 November 
172Mongolia11 JulyNaadam Holiday
173Mongolia29 December 
174Montenegro21 May 
175Montenegro13 July 
176Montserrat (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June 
177Morocco18 NovemberMorocco Independence Day
178Mozambique25 JuneMozambique Independence Day
179Myanmar4 January 
180Namibia21 March 
181Nauru31 January 
182Nepal28 May 
183Kingdom of the Netherlands15 December 
184Kingdom of the Netherlands27 April 
185Netherlands (Kingdom of the Netherlands)5 May 
186New Zealand6 February 
187Nicaragua15 SeptemberIndependence Day of Nicaragua
188Nigeria29 May 
189Nigeria1 October 
190Niger18 December 
191Niue19 October 
192Norfolk Island (Australia)8 JuneBounty Day
193North Korea9 SeptemberEstablished Day of North Korea
194Northern Cyprus15 November 
195Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)17 March 
196Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)12 July 
197Northern Mariana Islands (United States)8 January 
198Norway17 MaySyttende Mai (Constitution Day)
199Oman18 November 
200Pakistan23 MarchPakistan day
201Pakistan14 AugustPakistan Independence Day
202Palau9 JulyConstitution Day
203Palestine15 November 
204Panama3 November 
205Papua New Guinea16 SeptemberIndependence Day of Papua New Guinea
206Paraguay14 MayDía de Independencia
207Peru28 July 
208Philippines12 JuneAraw ng Kalayaan
209Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June 
210Poland3 May 
211Poland11 NovemberSwieto Niepodleglosci (Independence Day)
212Portugal10 JunePortugal Day, Dia de Camoes
213Puerto Rico (United States)25 July 
214Qatar18 December 
215Québec (Canada)24 June 
216Romania24 January 
217Romania1 December 
218Russia12 JuneRussia Day
219Rwanda1 JulyRwanda Independence Day
220Réunion (France)20 December 
221Saba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)3 December
222Saint Helena (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June 
223Saint Kitts and Nevis19 SeptemberIndependence Day of Saint Kitts and Nevis
224Saint Lucia13 December 
225Saint Lucia22 February 
226Saint Vincent and the Grenadines27 October 
227Samoa1 JuneSamoa Independence Day
228San Marino3 September 
229Sark (British Islands)9 May
230Saudi Arabia23 September 
231Scotland (United Kingdom)30 November 
232Senegal4 April 
233Serbia15 February 
234Seychelles18 JuneSeychelles National Day
235Sierra Leone27 April 
236Singapore9 August 
237Sint Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands)11 November 
238Slovakia1 January 
239Slovakia29 August 
240Slovakia1 September 
241Slovenia25 JuneSlovenia Statehood Day
242Solomon Islands7 July 
243Somalia1 JulySomalia Independence Day
244South Africa27 April 
245South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
246South Korea1 March 
247South Korea15 August 
248South Korea3 October 
249South Sudan9 July 
250Spain12 October 
251Sri Lanka4 February 
252Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina)9 January
253Sudan1 January 
254Suriname25 November 
255Eswatini(Swaziland)6 SeptemberIndependence Day of Swaziland
256Sweden6 JuneSweden National Day
257Switzerland1 AugustSwitzerland National Day
258Syria8 March 
259Syria17 April 
260São Tomé and Príncipe12 July 
261Tajikistan9 SeptemberTajikistan Independence Day
262Tanzania9 December 
263Tatarstan (Russia)30 August 
264Texas (United States)2 March 
265Thailand5 December 
266Togo27 April 
267Tonga4 June 
268Tonga4 November 
269Transnistria2 September
270Trinidad and Tobago31 August 
271Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June 
272Tunisia20 March 
273Turkey29 October 
274Turkmenistan27 October 
275Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom)30 August 
276Tuvalu1 October 
277Ukraine24 AugustIndependence Day of Ukraine
278United Arab Emirates2 December 
279United Kingdom2nd Saturday in June 
280United States Virgin Islands (United States)31 March 
281United States4 JulyUSA Independence Day
282Uruguay25 AugustIndependence Day of Uruguay
283Uzbekistan1 SeptemberIndependence Day of Uzbekistan
284Vanuatu30 JulyVanuatu Independence Day
285Vatican City11 February 
286Venezuela5 July 
287Vietnam2 SeptemberVietnam National Day
288Wales (United Kingdom)1 March 
289Yemen22 May 
290Zambia24 October 
291Zimbabwe18 April

Last Updated on: May 12, 2016