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 a 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 19 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 (United States) 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 (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 18 March Flag Day; adoption of the flag in 1976
 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 of Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the first Emir of Bahrain
 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
 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
 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 25 November Statehood Day, formation of the State Anti-fascist Council for the 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 National Day, celebrating independence from the United Kingdom on 1984, which actually occurred on 1 January
 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 in 1972
 Canada 1 July Canada Day, creation of a federal Canada from three British Dominions in 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 Made an autonomous territory within the French Community in 1958
 Chad 11 August Independence from France in 1960
 Chile 18 September The first Government Junta is created in 1810
People's Republic of China 1 October National Day of the People's Republic of China (Proclamation of the People's Republic of China in 1949)
 Colombia 20 July Declaration of independence from Spain in 1810
 Comoros 6 July Independence from France in 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 in 1965
 Costa Rica 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Croatia 25 June Statehood Day, declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
 Cuba 1 January Liberation Day, Fidel Castro takes power in 1959
 Curaçao (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 2 July The first elected island council is instituted in 1954
 Cyprus 1 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1960
 Czech Republic 28 October Independence from Austria-Hungary (as Czechoslovakia) in 1918
 Côte d'Ivoire 7 August Independence from France in 1960
 Denmark 5 June (No official National Day; adoption of the Constitution of 1849)
 Djibouti 27 June Independence from France in 1977
 Dominican Republic 27 February Independence from Haiti in 1844
 Dominican Republic 16 August Restoration Day, independence from Spain in 1865
 Dominica 3 November Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 and discovery 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, in 1991; independence from Ethiopia in 1993
 Estonia 24 February Independence Day, declaration of independence from Russia in 1918
 Ethiopia 28 May Downfall of the Derg Day, the Derg regime is defeated in 1991
 Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) 14 June Liberation Day, the end of the Falklands War in 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 in 1917
 Florida (United States) 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) 20 December Abolition of slavery day
 Gabon 17 August Independence from France in 1960
 Gambia 18 February Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965
 Georgia 26 May Day of First Republic, declaration of independence from Russia in 1918
 Germany 3 October German Unity Day, unification of West Germany and East Germany in 1990
 Ghana 6 March Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957
 Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 10 September Gibraltar National Day, people of Gibraltar vote to reject Spanish sovereignty or association in 1967
 Greece 25 March Declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821
 Greece 28 October Ohi Day, rejection of the Italian ultimatum of 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
 Grenada 7 February Independence from United Kingdom in 1974
 Guadeloupe (France) 27 May abolition of slavery day
 Guam (United States) 21 July Liberation Day, American landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam
 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 in1945
 Guinea-Bissau 24 September Declaration of independence from Portugal in 1973
 Guinea 3 April Independence from France in 1958
 Guyana 23 February Mashramani, declaration of the Republic in 1970
 Haiti 1 January Declaration of independence from France in 1804
 Herm (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands in 1945
 Honduras 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Hong Kong (China) 1 July Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1997
 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 the Republic and dissolution of the personal union with Denmark in 1944
 India 26 January Republic Day, adoption of the Constitution of India[6] in 1950
 India 15 August Independence from the British Empire in 1947
 Indonesia 17 August Proclamation of Independence day (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.) from Japan and the Netherlands in 1945
 Iran 11 February Victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979
 Iraq 3 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1932
 Ireland 17 March Day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland
 Isle of Man (British Islands) 5 July (usual date) Tynwald Day, annual meeting of the Tynwald (parliament)
 Israel 14 May (date varies according to Jewish calendar at 5 Iyar) Yom Ha'atzmaut, proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine in 1948
 Italy 25 April Partisans liberate Genoa, Milan, and Turin from German troops in 1945
 Italy 2 June Festa della Repubblica, Italy is made a republic in 1946; death of Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1882
 Jamaica 1st Monday in August Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
 Japan 11 February National Foundation Day, Jimmu, the first emperor, is crowned in 660 BC
 Jersey (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands in 1945
 Jordan 25 May Independence from the United Kingdom in 1946
 Kazakhstan 30 August Constitution Day, approval of the constitution in 1995
 Kazakhstan 25 October Republic Day, declared a sovereign republic within the USSR in 1990
 Kenya 12 December Independence from the United Kingdom in 1963; (Jamhuri Day), made a republic in 1964
 Kiribati 12 July Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
 Kosovo 17 February see 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence
 Kurdistan 21 March Nowruz, Persian New Year, celebrated on the spring equinox
 Kuwait 25 February National Day
 Kuwait 26 February Liberation Day (from Iraq in 1991)
 Kyrgyzstan 31 August Independence Day, declaration of independence from the USSR in 1991
 Laos 2 December National Day, declaration of the People's Republic in 1975
 Latvia 18 November Declaration of independence from Russia in 1918
 Lebanon 25 May Resistance and Liberation Day from Israel in 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 in 1847
 Libya 17 February Start of the 2011 Revolution
 Liechtenstein 15 August The Hereditary Prince becomes Regent in 2004
 Lithuania 16 February Lithuanian State Reestablishment Day, declaration of independence from Russia and Germany in 1918
 Lithuania 6 July Statehood Day, establishment of the medieval Lithuanian kingdom by Mindaugas in 1253.
 Luxembourg 23 June The Monarch's birthday
 Macau (China) 20 December Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1999
 Republic of Macedonia 8 September Independence Day (Den na nezavisnosta), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
 Madagascar 26 June Independence from France in 1960
 Madeira (Spain) 1 July Madeira Day, day of autonomy from Portugal
 Malawi 6 July Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964; declaration of the Republic in 1966
 Malaysia 31 August Hari Merdeka, independence from the United Kingdom (as Malaya) in 1957
 Malaysia 16 September Malaysia Day, the formation of Malaysia in 1963
 Mali 22 September Independence from the Mali Federation in 1960
 Malta 31 March Freedom Day, withdrawal of British troops from Malta in 1979
 Malta 7 June Sette Giugno, bread riot of 1919 in which 4 Maltese men died
 Malta 8 September Victory Day, celebrating the victory of the Knights of St. John over the Ottoman Empire in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, the end of the French occupation in 1800, and the surrender of Italy to the Allies in 1943
 Malta 21 September Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
 Malta 13 December Republic Day, adoption of the republican constitution of 1974
 Marshall Islands 1 May Constitution Day, adoption of the Compact of Free Association in 1979
 Martinique (France) 22 May Abolition of slavery day
 Mauritania 28 November Independence from France in 1960
 Mauritius 12 March Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968; formation of the Republic in 1992
 Mayotte (France) 27 April Abolition of slavery day
 Mexico 16 September Grito de Dolores, beginning of the War of Independence from Spain in 1810
 Micronesia 3 November Independence from the US-administered UN Trusteeship in 1979
 Minorca (Spain) 17 January Conquest of the island by Alfonso III of Aragon from the Caliphate of Córdoba in 1287
 Moldova 27 August Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Monaco 19 November the accession of Prince Albert II to the throne in 2005
 Mongolia 11 July Naadam Holiday; establishment of independence from China and Russia in 1921
 Mongolia 29 December Declaration of independence from China in 1911
 Montenegro 21 May Independence from Serbia and Montenegro in 2006
 Montenegro 13 July recognised as independent at the Congress of Berlin in 1878
 Montserrat (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Morocco 18 November Independence from France in 1956
 Mozambique 25 June Independence from Portugal in 1975
 Myanmar 4 January Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948
 Namibia 21 March Independence from South Africa in 1990
 Nauru 31 January Independence from the Australia, NZ, and UK-administered UN trusteeship 1968
   Nepal 28 May Nepal declared a republic in 2008
 Kingdom of the Netherlands 15 December Kingdom day, signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 1954
 Kingdom of the Netherlands 27 April King's Day, King Willem-Alexander's birthday
 Netherlands (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 5 May Liberation Day, end of German occupation in 1945
 New Zealand 6 February Waitangi Day, signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840
 Nicaragua 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Nigeria 29 May Democracy Day, return to democratic rule in 1999
 Nigeria 1 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1960; formation of the Republic in 1963
 Niger 18 December Republic Day, made an autonomous state within the French Community in 1958
 Niue 19 October Self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1965
 Norfolk Island (Australia) 8 June Beginning of permanent settlement of the island by migrants from the Pitcairn Islands in 1856
 North Korea 9 September Declaration of the Democratic People's Republic in 1948
 Northern Cyprus 15 November Declaration of independence from 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 in 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
 Pakistan 23 March Pakistan day, the Pakistan Resolution passed in Lahore in 1940
 Pakistan 14 August Independence Day, independence from the British Indian Empire in 1947
 Palau 9 July Constitution Day, adoption of the Constitution in 1981
 Palestine 15 November Declaration of Independence in 1988
 Panama 3 November Separation Day, independence from Colombia in 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, declaration of independence from Spain in 1898
 Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Poland 3 May Swieto Konstytucji, (Constitution Day), adoption of the Constitution of 1791
 Poland 11 November Swieto Niepodleglosci (Independence Day), restoration of independence from Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia in 1918
 Portugal 10 June Portugal Day, officially the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities, death of national poet Luís de Camões in 1580
 Puerto Rico (United States) 25 July Constitution Day, establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952; formerly Invasion Day, day of the American invasion in 1898
 Qatar 18 December Qatar National Day, the assumption of power by Emir Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani in 1878
 Québec (Canada) 24 June Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, feast day of John the Baptist, the patron saint of French Canadians
 Romania 1 December Union Day, unification with Transylvania in 1918
 Russia 12 June Russia Day, Declaration of State Sovereignty in 1990
 Rwanda 1 July Independence from Belgium in 1962
 Réunion (France) 20 December Abolition of slavery day
 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 in 1983
 Saint Lucia 13 December Feast day of Saint Lucy, after whom the island was named
 Saint Lucia 22 February Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27 October Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
 Samoa 1 June Independence Day, independence from New Zealand in 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 in 1945
 Saudi Arabia 23 September Unification of Nejd and Hejaz in 1932
 Scotland (United Kingdom) 30 November Day of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland
 Senegal 4 April Independence from France in 1960
 Serbia 15 February The beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule in 1804; adoption of the first constitution in 1835
 Seychelles 18 June National Day, adoption of a multi-party democratic constitution in 1993
 Sierra Leone 27 April Republic Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1961
 Singapore 9 August National Day), independence from Malaysia in 1965
 Sint Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 11 November
 Slovakia 1 January Independence Day, independence from Czechoslovakia in 1993
 Slovakia 29 August Slovak National Uprising Day, start of a Slovak uprising against Nazi Germany in 1944
 Slovakia 1 September Constitution Day, adoption of the Constitution in 1992
 Slovenia 25 June (Statehood Day), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
 Solomon Islands 7 July Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1978
 Somalia 1 July Independence from Italy and unification with Somaliland in 1960
 South Africa 27 April First democratic general election in 1994
 South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 South Korea 1 March Declaration of independence from the Empire of Japan
 South Korea 15 August Liberation from Japanese rule in 1945 (Gwangbokjeol); declaration of the Republic in 1948
 South Korea 3 October Gaecheonjeol, ancient Korea founded in 2333 BC
 South Sudan 9 July Independence Day, independence from Sudan in 2011
 Spain 12 October Fiesta Nacional de España, Columbus discovery of America in 1492
 Sri Lanka 4 February Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1948 under the name of Ceylon
 Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 9 January Proclamation of the Republic, independent of Bosnia and Herzegovina and part of Yugoslavia, in 1992
 Sudan 1 January Independence from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Egypt in 1956
 Suriname 25 November Independence Day, independence from the Netherlands in 1975
 Swaziland 6 September Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1968
 Sweden 6 June National Day: election of Gustav Vasa as King of Sweden in 1523; adoption of the constitutions of 1809 and 1974
  Switzerland 1 August National Day, alliance between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden against the Holy Roman Empire in 1291
 Syria 8 March Independence from The Ottoman Empire and the declaration of the Arab Kingdom of Syria.
 Syria 17 April Evacuation Day, end of French colonial rule in 1946
 São Tomé and Príncipe 12 July Independence from Portugal in 1975
 Republic of China 10 October Double Ten Day commemorating the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that led to abolishment of the monarchy and founding of the Republic in 1911
 Tajikistan 9 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Tanzania 9 December Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1961
 Tatarstan (Russia) 30 August Declaration of independence from the RSFSR in 1990
 Texas (United States) 2 March Independence Day, declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836.
 Thailand 5 December Birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
 Togo 27 April Independence from the French-administered UN trusteeship in 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 Moldova in 1990
 Trinidad and Tobago 31 August Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
 Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) 2nd Saturday in June
 Tunisia 20 March Declaration of independence from France in 1956
 Turkey 29 October Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayrami), adoption of a 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, adoption of a constitution in 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 in 1991
 United Arab Emirates 2 December National Day, formation of the 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 (United States) 31 March (Transfer Day, transfer of the islands from Denmark to the United States in 1917
 United States 4 July Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776
 Uruguay 25 August Día de la Independencia (Independence Day), declaration of independence from Brazil in 1825
 Uzbekistan 1 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Vanuatu 30 July Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980
  Vatican City 11 February Foundation of Vatican City
 Venezuela 5 July Independence Day, declaration of independence from Spain in 1811
 Vietnam 2 September National Day, declaration of independence from France and China in 1945
 Wales (United Kingdom) 1 March St. David's Day, feast day of patron saint
 Yemen 22 May Unity Day or National Day, North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen in 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