National Day

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Independence or Death, famous painting from Pedro Américo that celebrates the Independence Day of Brazil.
In monarchies (such as here in Sweden) the head of state will often ride through the streets and greet citizens on National Day.

The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. This nationhood can be symbolized by the date of independence, of becoming republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (birthday, accession, removal, etc.). Often the day is not called "National Day" but serves and can be considered as one. The National Day will often be a national holiday.

Some countries have more than one National Day. For example, Pakistan has three National Days, none of which is named the "National Day". This signals the use of a "class" of National Days, that are equally important in the foundation of the nation, and a "class" of less important official public holidays.

Importance attached to the National Day as well as the degree to which it is celebrated vary greatly from country to country. For example, Spain's National Day Fiesta Nacional de España is held on 12 October, the day celebrated in other countries as Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, and commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.[1] A military parade is held in Madrid celebrating the occasion.[1] The National Day in France is 14 July and known as the Fête nationale (known outside of France as Bastille Day) commemorating the Storming of the Bastille,[2] which is considered the start of the French Revolution.[3] It is widely celebrated and the French Tricolour is much in evidence, while the President of the Republic attends a military parade on the Champs-Élysées of Paris. In the United States, the Independence Day celebrations on 4 July are widely celebrated with parades, fireworks, picnics and barbecues. In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March, has been the National Day and a Public Holiday for many years. However, in the United Kingdom the constituent countries' patron saints' days are low-key affairs. In recent times campaigns have commenced to promote the National Days of England, Scotland and Wales, with St. Andrew's Day being designated as an official bank holiday when the Scottish Parliament passed the St Andrew's Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007. A National Day for the United Kingdom has also been proposed in recent years.

Most countries have a fixed date National Day, but some have movable dates. An example here is Jamaica, which up to 1997 celebrated its National Day on the first Monday in August. This commemorated independence from the United Kingdom which was attained on Monday, 6 August 1962, the first Monday in August of that year. Israel's Independence Day is not fixed relative to the civil Gregorian calendar, being formally linked to 5 Iyar on the Jewish calendar, but may also be moved to any day between 3 and 6 Iyar in order to avoid preparing for or celebrating either Independence Day or Memorial Day (which immediately precedes Independence Day) on Shabbat; the practical effect of this is that Independence Day may be celebrated any day between 15 April and 15 May. Another example is Thailand which celebrates the birthday of the king on 5 December. This date will change on the accession of the heir to the throne.

Most national days can be categorized in two large blocks:

  • Newer countries that celebrate their national day as the day of their independence.
  • Older countries that use some other event of special significance as their national day.

Denmark and the United Kingdom are among the few countries that do not have designated national days.

List of National Days[edit]

Map of reasons for national days

Regions that are not sovereign states or part of a federal system (shared sovereignty) are shown in pink.

Nation Date National Day
 Afghanistan 9 August Independence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919
 Albania 28 November "Dita e Pavarësisë", declaration of independence from Ottoman rule in 1912
 Alderney (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Algeria 1 November start of the War of Independence in 1954
 American Samoa 17 April US) (Flag Day
 Andalusia (Spain) 28 February Dia de Andalucia
 Andorra 8 September Our Lady of Meritxell Day, patron saint of Andorra
 Angola 11 November Independence from Portugal in 1975
 Anguilla (United Kingdom) 30 May Anguilla Day; the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution in 1967
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 November Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981
 Aragon (Spain) 23 April St George's Day, patron saint
 Argentina 25 May First Patriotic Government, the Spanish viceroy is removed and replaced by the Primera Junta during the May Revolution
 Argentina 9 July Declaration of Independence, from Spain in 1816
 Armenia 28 May Republic Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
 Armenia 21 September Independence from the Soviet Union recognised in 1991
 Aruba 18 March Kingdom of the Netherlands) (Flag Day: autonomy within the Netherlands in 1945
 Ascension (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Australia 26 January Australia Day, date of the founding of Sydney, the first European settlement in Australia, 1788
 Austria 26 October The Neutrality Constitution of 1955
 Azerbaijan 28 May Republic Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
 Bahamas 10 July Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973
 Bahrain 16 December Accession Day for the late Amir Sh. Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
 Balochistan (Pakistan) 11 August Independence from India in 1947
 Bangladesh 26 March Independence Day, declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971
 Bangladesh 16 December Victory Day, the day the Bangladesh Liberation War ended in 1971
 Barbados 30 November Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1966
 Basque Country (Spain) 25 October Day of the Basque Country) (official from 2011
 Belarus 3 July Independence Day, liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944
 Belgium 21 July Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831
 Belize 10 September Independence from Spain in 1798, alternatively celebrated as Battle of St. George's Caye Day) [4]
 Belize 21 September Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981
 Benin 1 August Independence from France in 1960
 Bermuda (United Kingdom) 24 May Originally Queen Victoria's birthday; now "Bermuda Day" to celebrate the islands' heritage and culture
 Bhutan 17 December Ugyen Wangchuck elected hereditary king in 1907
 Bolivia 6 August Proclamation of Republic (independent from Spain) in 1825
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 March Dan nezavisnosti; Proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia in 1992
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 November Bosnian Statehood celebrated in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the 1st session of the State's Antifascist Council of National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1943
 Botswana 30 September Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
 Brazil 7 September Dia da Independência, declaration of independence from Portugal in 1822
 British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) 1 July
 Brunei 23 February
 Bulgaria 3 March Liberation Day, autonomy within Ottoman Empire 1878
 Burkina Faso 4 August change of name from Upper Volta in 1984
 Burkina Faso 5 August Independence Day, from France in 1960
 Burundi 1 July Independence from Belgium in 1962
 Cambodia 9 November Independence from France in 1953
 Cameroon 20 May National Day, creation of a unitary state 1972
 Canada 1 July Canada Day, Canada a confederation of four provinces 1867
 Cape Verde 12 September
 Catalonia (Spain) 11 September Commemorates the fall of Barcelona to Bourbon troops during the War of Spanish Succession on September 11, 1714.
 Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 1st Monday in July
 Central African Republic 1 December autonomous territory within the French Community 1958
 Chad 11 August Independence from France in 1960
 Chile 18 September the first Government Junta is created 1810
China 1 October National Day of the People's Republic of China (Proclamation of People's Republic of China 1949
 Colombia 20 July Declaration of independence from Spain 1810
 Comoros 6 July Independence from France 1975
Congo 30 June Independence from Belgium in 1960
Congo-Brazzaville 15 August Independence from France in 1960
 Cook Islands 4 August Self-government in free association with New Zealand 1965
 Costa Rica 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Croatia 25 June Statehood Day, declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
 Cuba 1 January Liberation Day, Fidel Castro takes power in 1959 (and Spanish rule ends 1899)
 Curaçao 2 July Kingdom of the Netherlands) (the first elected island council is instituted 1954
 Cyprus 1 October Independence Day 1960
 Czech Republic 28 October Independence from Austria-Hungary (as Czechoslovakia) in 1918
 Côte d'Ivoire 7 August Independence from France 1960
 Denmark 5 June no official National Day) (Constitution of 1849
 Djibouti 27 June Independence from France 1977
 Dominican Republic 27 February Independence from Haiti 1844
 Dominican Republic 16 August Restoration Day, independence from Spain in 1865
 Dominica 3 November Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 (discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493)
 East Timor 20 May Independence from Indonesia in 2002
 Ecuador 10 August Proclamation of independence from Spain in 1809
 Egypt 23 July Revolution Day, the revolution of 1952
 Egypt 6 October Armed Forces Day, the beginning of the October War in 1973
 El Salvador 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 England (United Kingdom) 23 April St George's Day, patron saint of England. Not a bank holiday
 Equatorial Guinea 12 October Independence from Spain in 1968
 Eritrea 24 May Eritrean rebels enter the capital Asmara 1991; independence from Ethiopia 1993
 Estonia 24 February Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Russia 1918
 Ethiopia 28 May Downfall of the Derg Day, the Derg regime is defeated 1991
 Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) 14 June 14 June (Liberation Day, the end of the Falklands War 1982
 Faroe Islands (Denmark) 29 July (Ólavsøka (Saint Olaf's death at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030): opening of the Løgting (parliament) session
 Fiji 10 October Fiji Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
 Finland 6 December Independence Day, declaration of independence from Russia 1917
 Florida 2 April Pascua Florida is day or week (as declared by the Governor) celebrating the founding of Florida by Juan Ponce de León on April 2, 1513.
 France 14 July Bastille Day, 14 July 1789.[5]
 French Guiana (France) 14 July Bastille Day
 French Guiana (France) 20 December abolition of slavery day
 Gabon 17 August Independence from France in 1960
 Gambia 18 February Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1965
 Georgia 26 May Day of First Republic, declaration of independence from Russia 1918
 Germany 3 October German Unity Day, unification of West Germany and East Germany in 1990
 Ghana 6 March Independence from the United Kingdom 1957
 Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 10 September Gibraltar National Day, people of Gibraltar vote to reject Spanish sovereignty or association 1967
 Greece 25 March Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire 1821
 Greece 28 October Ohi Day, rejection of the Italian ultimatum in 1940
 Greenland (Denmark) 21 June (Longest Day of the Year) (The National Day was introduced in 1983 as one of the Home Rule's traditions and is thus one of several expressions of national identity, which is also reflected in the flag, clothing, national anthem and language
 Grenada 7 February Independence from United Kingdom 1974
 Guadeloupe (France) 27 May abolition of slavery day (regional only
 Guadeloupe (France) 14 July Bastille Day
 Guam (US) 21 July (Liberation Day, Americans landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam (1944)
 Guatemala 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Guernsey (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Guinea-Bissau 24 September Declaration of independence from Portugal in 1973
 Guinea 3 April Independence from France 1958 on 2 Oct
 Guyana 23 February Republic Day, also known as Mashramani, republic 1970
 Haiti 1 January Declaration of independence from France 1804
 Herm (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Honduras 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Hong Kong (China) 1 July Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC 1997
 Hong Kong (China) 1 October National Day of the People's Republic of China
 Hungary 15 March 1848 Revolution memorial day
 Hungary 20 August St. Stephen's day
 Hungary 23 October 1956 Revolution memorial day
 Iceland 17 June National Day, founding of republic and dissolution of personal union with Denmark 1944
 India 26 January Republic Day, Adoption of the Constitution of India,[6] 1950
 India 15 August Independence Day, from the British Empire 1947
 Indonesia 17 August Proclamation of Independence day, (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.), from Japan and the Netherlands 1945
 Iran 11 February Victory of Islamic Revolution
 Iraq 3 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1932
 Ireland 17 March St. Patrick's Day, patron saint of Ireland
 Isle of Man (British Islands) 5 July (usual date) (Tynwald Day, Tynwald (parliament) annual meeting
 Israel 14 May date varies according to Jewish calendar at 5 Iyar (Yom Ha'atzmaut, proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine 1948
 Italy 25 April Partisans liberate Genoa, Milan and Tourin from German troops in 1945
 Italy 2 June Festa della Repubblica, Italy is voted a republic in 1946 – Giuseppe Garibaldi died on this date in 1882
 Jamaica 1st Monday in August Independence from the United Kingdom 6 August 1962
 Japan 11 February National Foundation Day, Jimmu, the first emperor, is crowned in year 660 BC
 Jersey (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Jordan 25 May Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1946; the parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their king 1946
 Kazakhstan 30 August Constitution Day, approval of the independent constitution in 1995
 Kazakhstan 25 October Republic Day, declared sovereign republic within the USSR 1990
 Kenya 12 December Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1963; Republic Day, (Jamhuri Day), 1964
 Kingdom of the Netherlands 15 December Kingdom day, signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 1954
 Kiribati 12 July Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
 Kosovo 17 February see 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence
 Kurdistan 21 March Nawroz, Kurdish New Year celebrated on the spring equinox
 Kuwait 25 February National Day
 Kuwait 26 February Liberation Day (from Iraq 1991
 Kyrgyzstan 31 August Independence Day, declaration of independence from the USSR in 1991
 Laos 2 December National Day, people's republic declared 1975
 Latvia 18 November Declaration of independence from Russia in 1918
 Lebanon 25 May Resistance and Liberation Day from Israel 2000
 Lebanon 22 November Independence from France in 1943
 Lesotho 4 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
 Liberia 26 July Proclamation of the Republic: independence from the United States 1847
 Libya 17 February The revolution against El-Gazafi
 Liechtenstein 15 August The Hereditary Prince becomes Regent 2004
 Lithuania 16 February Lithuanian State Reestablishment Day, declaration of independence from Russia and Germany 1918
 Lithuania 6 July Statehood Day, establishment of the medieval Lithuanian kingdom by Mindaugas in 1253.
 Luxembourg 23 June the Monarch's birthday
 Macau 1 October National Day of the People's Republic of China
 Macau 20 December Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1999
Macedonia 8 September Independence Day (Den na nezavisnosta), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
 Madagascar 26 June Independence from France 1960
 Madeira 1 July Madeira Day (Autonomy from Portugal
 Malawi 6 July Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1964; and Republic Day 1966
 Malaysia 31 August Hari Merdeka, independence (within the Commonwealth) from the United Kingdom in 1957
 Malaysia 16 September Malaysia Day, the formation of Malaysia
 Mali 22 September Independence from the Mali Federation in 1960
 Malta 31 March Freedom Day, withdrawal of British troops from Malta 1979
 Malta 7 June Sette Giugno, bread riot of 1919 where 4 Maltese men died
 Malta 24 June Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Feast of St. John The Baptist, Patron Saint
 Malta 21 September Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
 Malta 13 December Republic Day, republican constitution of 1974
 Marshall Islands 1 May Constitution Day, 1979
 Martinique (France) 22 May abolition of slavery day (regional only
 Martinique (France) 14 July Bastille Day
 Mauritania 28 November Independence Day, from France in 1960
 Mauritius 12 March Independence from the United Kingdom 1968, republic 1992
 Mayotte (France) 27 April abolition of slavery day (regional only)
 Mayotte (France) 14 July Bastille Day
 Mexico 16 September Grito de Dolores, declaration of independence from Spain in 1810
 Micronesia 3 November Independence Day, from the US-administered UN Trusteeship 1979
 Minorca (Spain) 17 January Alfonso III of Aragon took the island from Muslims, 1287
 Moldova 27 August Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union 1991
 Monaco 19 November the levée of Prince Albert II in 2005
 Mongolia 11 July Naadam Holiday, declaration of independence from China 1921 Naadam is also celebrated in China by both Han Chinese and Mongols without political attachments).
 Mongolia 26 November Independence Day, 1924
 Montenegro 21 May independence on the referendum in 2006
 Montenegro 13 July recognised as independent at the Congress of Berlin 1878
 Montserrat (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Morocco 18 November Independence from France in 1956
 Mozambique 25 June Independence from Portugal 1975
 Myanmar Late Nov/Dec 10th day following the full moon of the month of Tazaungmone (beginning of Student led protests against British colonial government in 1920
 Namibia 21 March Independence from South African mandate 1990
 Nauru 31 January Independence from the Australia, NZ, and UK-administered UN trusteeship 1968
   Nepal 18 February Martyr's Day
   Nepal 28 May Nepal a federal republic 2008, earlier the king's birthday
 Netherlands 27 April Kingsday, King Willem-Alexander's birthday
 Netherlands 5 May country) (Liberation Day, from Nazi Germany in 1945
 New Caledonia (France) 14 July Bastille Day
 New Zealand 6 February Waitangi Day, signing of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840
 Nicaragua 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Nigeria 29 May Democracy Day, return of democracy 1999
 Nigeria 1 October Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1960 (and becoming a republic in 1963
 Niger 18 December Republic Day, autonomous state within the French Community from 1958
 Niue 19 October
 Norfolk Island (Australia) 8 June second settlement established (everybody from the Pitcairn Islands)
 North Korea 9 September declaration of a democratic people's republic in 1948
 Northern Cyprus 15 November Declaration of independence from the Cyprus in 1983
 Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) 17 March St. Patrick's Day
 Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) 12 July Battle of the Boyne Day
 Northern Mariana Islands (United States) 8 January Commonwealth Day, the constitutional government takes office 1978
 Norway 17 May Constitution Day, the signing of the first Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814
 Oman 18 November birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman
 Pakistan 23 March Pakistan day, the Pakistan resolution passed in Lahore
 Pakistan 14 August Independence Day, independence from the British Indian Empire in 1947
 Palau 9 July Constitution Day, the world's first nuclear-free constitution 1981; "nuclear-free" dropped in 1994 in order to become an associated state to the United States in the Compact of Free Association
 Palestine 15 November
 Panama 3 November Separation Day, declaration of independence from Colombia 1903
 Papua New Guinea 16 September Independence from Australia in 1975
 Paraguay 14 May Independence Day (Día de Independencia), declaration of independence from Spain in 1811
 Peru 28 July Declaration of independence from Spain in 1821
 Philippines 12 June Araw ng Kalayaan), Philippine Declaration of Independence, from Spain in 1898
 Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Poland 3 May Swieto Konstytucji 3 Maja, Constitution Day, 1791
 Poland 11 November Swieto Niepodleglosci, Independence Day, restoration of independence from Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia in 1918
 Portugal 10 June Portugal Day, "Day of Camões, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities", National Poet Luís de Camões dies in 1580
 Puerto Rico 25 July Constitution Day, establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 1952. Formerly Invasion Day (1898
 Qatar 18 December Official National Day Qatar National Day; the assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani in 1878
 Québec (Canada) 24 June National Holiday, since 1977; also celebration of John the Baptist, patron saint of French Canadians, since 1834
 Romania 1 December Union Day, unification with Transylvania in 1918
 Russia 12 June Russia Day, declaration of sovereignty in 1990, (law priority over Soviet Union laws
 Rwanda 1 July Independence from Belgium in 1962
 Réunion (France) 14 July Bastille Day
 Réunion (France) 20 December abolition of slavery day (regional only)
 Saba (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 3 December
 Saint Helena (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 19 September Independence from the United Kingdom 1983
 Saint Lucia 13 December National Day, independence from United Kingdom 1979; the saint's day
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) 14 July Bastille Day
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27 October Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1979
 Samoa 1 June Independence Day, from New Zealand 1962
 San Marino 3 September Independence from the Roman Empire in year 301 (traditional date)
 Sark (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Saudi Arabia 23 September unification of the kingdoms Nejd and Hejaz in 1932
 Scotland (United Kingdom) 30 November St. Andrew's Day, patron saint of Scotland, now a bank holiday in Scotland
 Senegal 4 April Independence from France 1960
 Serbia 9 January Serbian Republic Day celebrated in Republika Srpska
 Serbia 15 February The beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule 1804, first constitution 1835
 Seychelles 18 June National Day: the return of a multi-party democracy to the Seychelles in 1993
 Sierra Leone 27 April Republic Day, independence from the United Kingdom 1961
 Singapore 9 August National Day), Gained independence from Malaysia 1965
 Sint Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 11 November
 Slovakia 29 August Slovak National Uprising Day, start of a Slovak uprising against Nazi Germany in 1944
 Slovakia 1 September Constitution Day, independence from Czechoslovakia in 1993
 Slovenia 25 June (Statehood Day), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
 Solomon Islands 7 July Independence Day, from United Kingdom 1978
 Somalia 1 July Foundation of the Republic, from Italy and the formation of Somali Republic 1960
 South Africa 27 April first democratic general election 1994
 South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 South Korea 1 March Declaration of independence of modern Korea and the March 1st movement
 South Korea 15 August both the liberation from Japanese rule in 1945 (Gwangbokjeol) and the declaration of the South Korean state in 1948
 South Korea 3 October Gaecheonjeol, the ancient Korea founded in 2333 BC
 South Sudan 9 July Independence Day, from Sudan 2011
 Spain 12 October Fiesta Nacional de España, Columbus discovery of America in 1492
 Sri Lanka 4 February Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1948, still under name of Ceylon
 Sudan 1 January Independence from the United Kingdom and the Egyptian Republic 1956
 Suriname 25 November Independence Day, from the Netherlands in 1975
 Swaziland 6 September Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1968
 Sweden 6 June Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden 1523, the constitutions of 1809 and 1974
  Switzerland 1 August National Day, alliance against the Holy Roman Empire 1291, between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden
 Syria 8 March Independence from The Ottoman Empire and declaration of The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state in 1920
 Syria 17 April Evacuation Day, from France 1946
 São Tomé and Príncipe 12 July Independence from Portugal 1975
 Taiwan 10 October Double Ten Day commemorating the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that led to abolishment of monarchy in China and founding of the Republic of China in 1911
 Tajikistan 9 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Tanzania 9 December Independence Day 1961
 Tatarstan 30 August Declaration of independence from the RSFSR in 1990
 Texas 2 March Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836.
 Thailand 5 December birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
 Togo 27 April Independence from the French-administered UN trusteeship 1960
 Tonga 4 June Emancipation Day abolition of serfdom 1862, independence from the United Kingdom 1970
 Tonga 4 November National Day [formerly Constitution Day] 1875
 Transnistria 2 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Moldova in 1990
 Trinidad and Tobago 31 August Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1962
 Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Tunisia 20 March Declaration of independence from France 1956
 Turkey 29 October Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayrami), republican constitution in 1923
 Turkmenistan 27 October Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom 30 August Constitution Day, 1976
 Tuvalu 1 October Independence Day, independence from the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) in 1975 and from the United Kingdom in 1978
 Ukraine 24 August Independence from the Soviet Union 1991
 United Arab Emirates 2 December National Day, formation of federation of seven emirates on independence from the United Kingdom in 1971
 United Kingdom 2nd Saturday in June does not have a recognized national day (see proposed British national day), although the Queen's Official Birthday (which is declared annually, usually falling on the second Saturday in June ) is sometimes considered as such, for example, in British diplomatic institutions overseas
 United States Virgin Islands (US) 31 March (Transfer Day, transfer of the islands from Denmark to the United States 1917
 United States 4 July Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain 1776
 Uruguay 25 August Día de la Independencia, declaration of independence from Brazil 1825
 Uzbekistan 1 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Vanuatu 30 July Independence Day, from the United Kingdom and France 1980
  Vatican City 11 February Foundation of Vatican City
 Venezuela 5 July Independence Day, declaration of independence from Spain 1811
 Vietnam 2 September National Day, declaration of independence from France and China in 1945
 Wales (United Kingdom) 1 March St. David's Day, patron saint
 Yemen 22 May Unity Day or National Day, North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen 1990
 Zambia 24 October Independence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
 Zimbabwe 18 April Declaration of independence from the United Kingdom 1980; it had previously declared independence as Rhodesia in 1965

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Molina A. de Cienfuegos, Ignacio; Martínez Bárcena, Jorge; Fuller, Linda K. (Ed.) (2004). "Spain: National Days throughout the History and the Geography of Spain". National Days/National Ways: Historical, Political, and Religious Celebrations around the World: 253. ISBN 978-0-275-97270-7. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bastille Day - Celebrate French Ancestry". Genealogy.about.com. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  3. ^ "French Bastille Day in Australia. France's national day". Frenchdesire.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ September Celebrations of Belize
  5. ^ "Bastille Day – 14th July". Official Website of France. "A national celebration, a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille [...] Commemorating the storming of the Bastille on 14th July 1789, Bastille Day takes place on the same date each year. The main event is a grand military parade along the Champs-Élysées, attended by the President of the Republic and other political leaders. It is accompanied by fireworks and publics dances in towns throughout the whole of France." 
  6. ^ "India celebrates Republic Day". news.com.au. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 

External links[edit]

  • Flags by Louis, a blog about flags updated daily to show different national days