Independence Day of Ukraine

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Independence Day
День незалежності
Ukrainian Independence Day in Luhansk.jpg
Celebrations in Luhansk
Observed by Ukraine
Type National
Significance The day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Supreme Soviet in 1991
Celebrations Fireworks, Concerts
Date August 24
Next time 24 August 2015 (2015-08-24)
Frequency annual

Independence Day of Ukraine (Ukrainian: День незалежності України) is the main state holiday in modern Ukraine,[nb 1] celebrated on August 24[2] in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of 1991.[3]

The holiday was first celebrated on 16 July 1991, as the first anniversary of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine passed by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) in 1990.[3][4] Since the Declaration of Independence was issued later, and confirmed by the referendum of 1 December 1991, the date of the holiday was changed.[5] (In December 1991 many Ukrainian Canadians expected that 1 December would become Ukraine's official independence day.)[6]

Beginning in 2004, 23 August is celebrated as the Day of the National Flag.[7]


  1. ^ In July 2013 in a poll by Razumkov Centre 61% considered Independence Day a holiday, 30.4% “not a holiday, but an ordinary day off” and 6.1% agreed to “this should be a working day”.[1]


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