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:

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.

NationDateNational Day
 Afghanistan19 AugustIndependence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919
 Albania28 November"Dita e Pavarësisë", declaration of independence from Ottoman rule in 1912
 Alderney (British Islands)9 MayLiberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Algeria1 Novemberstart of the War of Independence in 1954
 American Samoa (United States)17 AprilUS Flag Day
 Andalusia (Spain)28 FebruaryDia de Andalucia
 Andorra8 SeptemberOur Lady of Meritxell Day, patron saint of Andorra
 Angola11 NovemberIndependence from Portugal in 1975
 Anguilla (United Kingdom)30 MayAnguilla Day; the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution in 1967
 Antigua and Barbuda1 NovemberIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1981
 Aragon (Spain)23 AprilSt George's Day, patron saint
 Argentina25 MayFirst Patriotic Government, the Spanish viceroy is removed and replaced by the Primera Junta during the May Revolution
 Argentina9 JulyDeclaration of Independence, from Spain in 1816
 Armenia28 MayRepublic Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
 Armenia21 SeptemberIndependence from the Soviet Union recognised in 1991
 Aruba18 MarchKingdom of the Netherlands) (Flag Day: autonomy within the Netherlands in 1945
 Ascension (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
 Australia26 JanuaryAustralia Day, date of the founding of Sydney, the first European settlement in Australia, 1788
 Austria26 OctoberThe Neutrality Constitution of 1955
 Azerbaijan28 MayRepublic Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
 Bahamas10 JulyIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1973
 Bahrain16 DecemberAccession Day for the late Amir Sh. Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
 Balochistan (Pakistan)11 AugustIndependence from India in 1947
 Bangladesh26 MarchIndependence Day, declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971
 Bangladesh16 DecemberVictory Day, the day the Bangladesh Liberation War ended in 1971
 Barbados30 NovemberIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1966
 Basque Country (Spain)25 OctoberDay of the Basque Country) (official from 2011
 Belarus3 JulyIndependence Day, liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944
 Belgium21 July (and 14 July Liège),Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831
 Belize10 SeptemberIndependence from Spain in 1798, alternatively celebrated as Battle of St. George's Caye Day) [4]
 Belize21 SeptemberIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1981
 Benin1 AugustIndependence from France in 1960
 Bermuda (United Kingdom)24 MayOriginally Queen Victoria's birthday; now "Bermuda Day" to celebrate the islands' heritage and culture
 Bhutan17 DecemberUgyen Wangchuck elected hereditary king in 1907
 Bolivia6 AugustProclamation of Republic (independent from Spain) in 1825
 Bosnia and Herzegovina1 MarchDan nezavisnosti; Proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia in 1992
 Bosnia and Herzegovina25 NovemberBosnian 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
 Botswana30 SeptemberIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1966
 Brazil7 SeptemberDia da Independência, declaration of independence from Portugal in 1822
 British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)1 July
 Brunei23 February
 Bulgaria3 MarchLiberation Day, autonomy within Ottoman Empire 1878
 Burkina Faso4 Augustchange of name from Upper Volta in 1984
 Burkina Faso5 AugustIndependence Day, from France in 1960
 Burundi1 JulyIndependence from Belgium in 1962
 Cambodia9 NovemberIndependence from France in 1953
 Cameroon20 MayNational Day, creation of a unitary state 1972
 Canada1 JulyCanada Day, Canada a confederation of four provinces 1867
 Cape Verde12 September
 Catalonia (Spain)11 SeptemberCommemorates 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 Republic1 Decemberautonomous territory within the French Community 1958
 Chad11 AugustIndependence from France in 1960
 Chile18 Septemberthe first Government Junta is created 1810
People's Republic of China1 OctoberNational Day of the People's Republic of China (Proclamation of the People's Republic of China 1949)
 Colombia20 JulyDeclaration of independence from Spain 1810
 Comoros6 JulyIndependence from France 1975
Congo30 JuneIndependence from Belgium in 1960
Congo-Brazzaville15 AugustIndependence from France in 1960
 Cook Islands4 AugustSelf-government in free association with New Zealand 1965
 Costa Rica15 SeptemberIndependence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Croatia25 JuneStatehood Day, declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
 Cuba1 JanuaryLiberation Day, Fidel Castro takes power in 1959 (and Spanish rule ends 1899)
 Curaçao2 JulyKingdom of the Netherlands) (the first elected island council is instituted 1954
 Cyprus1 OctoberIndependence Day 1960
 Czech Republic28 OctoberIndependence from Austria-Hungary (as Czechoslovakia) in 1918
 Côte d'Ivoire7 AugustIndependence from France 1960
 Denmark5 June(No official National Day, Constitution of 1849)
 Djibouti27 JuneIndependence from France 1977
 Dominican Republic27 FebruaryIndependence from Haiti 1844
 Dominican Republic16 AugustRestoration Day, independence from Spain in 1865
 Dominica3 NovemberIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1978 (discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493)
 East Timor20 MayIndependence from Indonesia in 2002
 Ecuador10 AugustProclamation of independence from Spain in 1809
 Egypt23 JulyRevolution Day, the revolution of 1952
 Egypt6 OctoberArmed Forces Day, the beginning of the October War in 1973
 El Salvador15 SeptemberIndependence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 England (United Kingdom)23 AprilSt George's Day, patron saint of England. Not a bank holiday
 Equatorial Guinea12 OctoberIndependence from Spain in 1968
 Eritrea24 MayEritrean rebels enter the capital Asmara 1991; independence from Ethiopia 1993
 Estonia24 FebruaryIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the Russia 1918
 Ethiopia28 MayDownfall of the Derg Day, the Derg regime is defeated 1991
 Falkland Islands (United Kingdom)14 June14 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
 Fiji10 OctoberFiji Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
 Finland6 DecemberIndependence Day, declaration of independence from Russia 1917
 Florida (United States)2 AprilPascua Florida is day or week (as declared by the Governor) celebrating the founding of Florida by Juan Ponce de León on April 2, 1513.
 France14 JulyBastille Day, 14 July 1789.[5]
 French Guiana (France)14 JulyBastille Day
 French Guiana (France)20 Decemberabolition of slavery day
 Gabon17 AugustIndependence from France in 1960
 Gambia18 FebruaryIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom 1965
 Georgia26 MayDay of First Republic, declaration of independence from Russia 1918
 Germany3 OctoberGerman Unity Day, unification of West Germany and East Germany in 1990
 Ghana6 MarchIndependence from the United Kingdom 1957
 Gibraltar (United Kingdom)10 SeptemberGibraltar National Day, people of Gibraltar vote to reject Spanish sovereignty or association 1967
 Greece25 MarchDeclaration of independence from Ottoman Empire 1821
 Greece28 OctoberOhi 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
 Grenada7 FebruaryIndependence from United Kingdom 1974
 Guadeloupe (France)27 Mayabolition of slavery day (regional only
 Guadeloupe (France)14 JulyBastille Day
 Guam (United States)21 July(Liberation Day, Americans landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam (1944)
 Guatemala15 SeptemberIndependence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Guernsey (British Islands)9 MayLiberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Guinea-Bissau24 SeptemberDeclaration of independence from Portugal in 1973
 Guinea3 AprilIndependence from France 1958 on 2 Oct
 Guyana23 FebruaryRepublic Day, also known as Mashramani, republic 1970
 Haiti1 JanuaryDeclaration of independence from France 1804
 Herm (British Islands)9 MayLiberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Honduras15 SeptemberIndependence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Hong Kong (China)1 JulyTransfer of sovereignty to the PRC 1997
 Hong Kong (China)1 OctoberNational Day of the People's Republic of China
 Hungary15 March1848 Revolution memorial day
 Hungary20 AugustSt. Stephen's day
 Hungary23 October1956 Revolution memorial day
 Iceland17 JuneNational Day, founding of republic and dissolution of personal union with Denmark 1944
 India26 JanuaryRepublic Day, Adoption of the Constitution of India,[6] 1950
 India15 AugustIndependence Day, from the British Empire 1947
 Indonesia17 AugustProclamation of Independence day, (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.), from Japan and the Netherlands 1945
 Iran11 FebruaryVictory of Islamic Revolution
 Iraq3 OctoberIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1932
 Ireland17 MarchSt. Patrick's Day, patron saint of Ireland
 Isle of Man (British Islands)5 July (usual date)(Tynwald Day, Tynwald (parliament) annual meeting
 Israel14 Maydate varies according to Jewish calendar at 5 Iyar (Yom Ha'atzmaut, proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine 1948
 Italy25 AprilPartisans liberate Genoa, Milan and Tourin from German troops in 1945
 Italy2 JuneFesta della Repubblica, Italy is voted a republic in 1946 – Giuseppe Garibaldi died on this date in 1882
 Jamaica1st Monday in AugustIndependence from the United Kingdom 6 August 1962
 Japan11 FebruaryNational Foundation Day, Jimmu, the first emperor, is crowned in year 660 BC
 Jersey (British Islands)9 MayLiberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Jordan25 MayIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom 1946; the parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their king 1946
 Kazakhstan30 AugustConstitution Day, approval of the independent constitution in 1995
 Kazakhstan25 OctoberRepublic Day, declared sovereign republic within the USSR 1990
 Kenya12 DecemberIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom 1963; Republic Day, (Jamhuri Day), 1964
 Kingdom of the Netherlands15 DecemberKingdom day, signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 1954
 Kiribati12 JulyIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1979
 Kosovo17 Februarysee 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence
 Kurdistan21 MarchNawroz, Kurdish New Year celebrated on the spring equinox
 Kuwait25 FebruaryNational Day
 Kuwait26 FebruaryLiberation Day (from Iraq in 1991)
 Kyrgyzstan31 AugustIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the USSR in 1991
 Laos2 DecemberNational Day, people's republic declared 1975
 Latvia18 NovemberDeclaration of independence from Russia in 1918
 Lebanon25 MayResistance and Liberation Day from Israel 2000
 Lebanon22 NovemberIndependence from France in 1943
 Lesotho4 OctoberIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1966
 Liberia26 JulyProclamation of the Republic: independence from the United States 1847
 Libya17 FebruaryStart of the 2011 Revolution
 Liechtenstein15 AugustThe Hereditary Prince becomes Regent 2004
 Lithuania16 FebruaryLithuanian State Reestablishment Day, declaration of independence from Russia and Germany 1918
 Lithuania6 JulyStatehood Day, establishment of the medieval Lithuanian kingdom by Mindaugas in 1253.
 Luxembourg23 Junethe Monarch's birthday
 Macau1 OctoberNational Day of the People's Republic of China
 Macau20 DecemberTransfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1999
 Republic of Macedonia8 SeptemberIndependence Day (Den na nezavisnosta), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
 Madagascar26 JuneIndependence from France 1960
 Madeira1 JulyMadeira Day (Autonomy from Portugal
 Malawi6 JulyIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom 1964; and Republic Day 1966
 Malaysia31 AugustHari Merdeka, independence (within the Commonwealth) from the United Kingdom in 1957
 Malaysia16 SeptemberMalaysia Day, the formation of Malaysia
 Mali22 SeptemberIndependence from the Mali Federation in 1960
 Malta31 MarchFreedom Day, withdrawal of British troops from Malta 1979
 Malta7 JuneSette Giugno, bread riot of 1919 where 4 Maltese men died
 Malta8 SeptemberVictory Day (Victory against the Ottoman Empire in the Great Siege of 1565 (the Ottomans retreated on this day) and victory against Nazi-Fascism during the Second World War (Italy capitulated on this day)
 Malta21 SeptemberIndependence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
 Malta13 DecemberRepublic Day, republican constitution of 1974
 Marshall Islands1 MayConstitution Day, 1979
 Martinique (France)22 Mayabolition of slavery day (regional only
 Martinique (France)14 JulyBastille Day
 Mauritania28 NovemberIndependence Day, from France in 1960
 Mauritius12 MarchIndependence from the United Kingdom 1968, republic 1992
 Mayotte (France)27 Aprilabolition of slavery day (regional only)
 Mayotte (France)14 JulyBastille Day
 Mexico16 SeptemberGrito de Dolores, declaration of independence from Spain in 1810
 Micronesia3 NovemberIndependence Day, from the US-administered UN Trusteeship 1979
 Minorca (Spain)17 JanuaryAlfonso III of Aragon took the island from Muslims, 1287
 Moldova27 AugustIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union 1991
 Monaco19 Novemberthe levée of Prince Albert II in 2005
 Mongolia11 JulyNaadam Holiday, declaration of independence from China 1921 Naadam is also celebrated in China by both Han Chinese and Mongols without political attachments).
 Mongolia26 NovemberIndependence Day, 1924
 Montenegro21 Mayindependence on the referendum in 2006
 Montenegro13 Julyrecognised as independent at the Congress of Berlin 1878
 Montserrat (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
 Morocco18 NovemberIndependence from France in 1956
 Mozambique25 JuneIndependence from Portugal 1975
 Myanmar4 JanuaryIndependence from the United Kingdom in 1948
 Namibia21 MarchIndependence from South African mandate 1990
 Nauru31 JanuaryIndependence from the Australia, NZ, and UK-administered UN trusteeship 1968
   Nepal18 FebruaryMartyr's Day
   Nepal28 MayNepal a federal republic 2008, earlier the king's birthday
 Netherlands27 AprilKingsday, King Willem-Alexander's birthday
 Netherlands5 Maycountry) (Liberation Day, from Nazi Germany in 1945
 New Caledonia (France)14 JulyBastille Day
 New Zealand6 FebruaryWaitangi Day, signing of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840
 Nicaragua15 SeptemberIndependence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
 Nigeria29 MayDemocracy Day, return of democracy 1999
 Nigeria1 OctoberIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1960 (and becoming a republic in 1963
 Niger18 DecemberRepublic Day, autonomous state within the French Community from 1958
 Niue19 October
 Norfolk Island (Australia)8 Junesecond settlement established (everybody from the Pitcairn Islands)
 North Korea9 Septemberdeclaration of a democratic people's republic in 1948
 Northern Cyprus15 NovemberDeclaration of independence from Cyprus in 1983
 Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)17 MarchSt. Patrick's Day
 Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)12 JulyBattle of the Boyne Day
 Northern Mariana Islands (United States)8 JanuaryCommonwealth Day, the constitutional government takes office 1978
 Norway17 MayConstitution Day, the signing of the first Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814
 Oman18 Novemberbirthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman
 Pakistan23 MarchPakistan day, the Pakistan resolution passed in Lahore
 Pakistan14 AugustIndependence Day, independence from the British Indian Empire in 1947
 Palau9 JulyConstitution 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
 Palestinian Authority15 November
 Panama3 NovemberSeparation Day, declaration of independence from Colombia 1903
 Papua New Guinea16 SeptemberIndependence from Australia in 1975
 Paraguay14 MayIndependence Day (Día de Independencia), declaration of independence from Spain in 1811
 Peru28 JulyDeclaration of independence from Spain in 1821
 Philippines12 JuneAraw ng Kalayaan), Philippine Declaration of Independence, from Spain in 1898
 Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
 Poland3 MaySwieto Konstytucji 3 Maja, Constitution Day, 1791
 Poland11 NovemberSwieto Niepodleglosci, Independence Day, restoration of independence from Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia in 1918
 Portugal10 JunePortugal Day, "Day of Camões, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities", National Poet Luís de Camões dies in 1580
 Puerto Rico (United States)25 JulyConstitution Day, establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 1952. Formerly Invasion Day (1898
 Qatar18 DecemberOfficial National Day Qatar National Day; the assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani in 1878
 Québec (Canada)24 JuneNational Holiday, since 1977; also celebration of John the Baptist, patron saint of French Canadians, since 1834
 Romania1 DecemberUnion Day, unification with Transylvania in 1918
 Russia12 JuneRussia Day, declaration of sovereignty in 1990, (law priority over Soviet Union laws
 Rwanda1 JulyIndependence from Belgium in 1962
 Réunion (France)14 JulyBastille Day
 Réunion (France)20 Decemberabolition of slavery day (regional only)
 Saba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)3 December
 Saint Helena (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
 Saint Kitts and Nevis19 SeptemberIndependence from the United Kingdom 1983
 Saint Lucia13 DecemberNational Day, independence from United Kingdom 1979; the saint's day
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)14 JulyBastille Day
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines27 OctoberIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1979
 Samoa1 JuneIndependence Day, from New Zealand 1962
 San Marino3 SeptemberIndependence from the Roman Empire in year 301 (traditional date)
 Sark (British Islands)9 MayLiberation Day, the end of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
 Saudi Arabia23 Septemberunification of the kingdoms Nejd and Hejaz in 1932
 Scotland (United Kingdom)30 NovemberSt. Andrew's Day, patron saint of Scotland, now a bank holiday in Scotland
 Senegal4 AprilIndependence from France 1960
 Serbia9 JanuarySerbian Republic Day celebrated in Republika Srpska
 Serbia15 FebruaryThe beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule 1804, first constitution 1835
 Seychelles18 JuneNational Day: the return of a multi-party democracy to the Seychelles in 1993
 Sierra Leone27 AprilRepublic Day, independence from the United Kingdom 1961
 Singapore9 AugustNational Day), Gained independence from Malaysia 1965
 Sint Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands)11 November
 Slovakia29 AugustSlovak National Uprising Day, start of a Slovak uprising against Nazi Germany in 1944
 Slovakia1 SeptemberConstitution Day, independence from Czechoslovakia in 1993
 Slovenia25 June(Statehood Day), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
 Solomon Islands7 JulyIndependence Day, from United Kingdom 1978
 Somalia1 JulyFoundation of the Republic, from Italy and the formation of Somali Republic 1960
 South Africa27 Aprilfirst democratic general election 1994
 South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
 South Korea1 MarchDeclaration of independence of modern Korea and the March 1st movement
 South Korea15 Augustboth the liberation from Japanese rule in 1945 (Gwangbokjeol) and the declaration of the South Korean state in 1948
 South Korea3 OctoberGaecheonjeol, the ancient Korea founded in 2333 BC
 South Sudan9 JulyIndependence Day, from Sudan 2011
 Spain12 OctoberFiesta Nacional de España, Columbus discovery of America in 1492
 Sri Lanka4 FebruaryIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom 1948, still under name of Ceylon
 Sudan1 JanuaryIndependence from the United Kingdom and the Egyptian Republic 1956
 Suriname25 NovemberIndependence Day, from the Netherlands in 1975
 Swaziland6 SeptemberIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom 1968
 Sweden6 JuneGustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden 1523, the constitutions of 1809 and 1974
  Switzerland1 AugustNational Day, alliance against the Holy Roman Empire 1291, between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden
 Syria8 MarchIndependence from The Ottoman Empire and declaration of The Arab Kingdom of Syria.
 Syria17 AprilEvacuation Day, from France 1946
 São Tomé and Príncipe12 JulyIndependence from Portugal 1975
 Republic of China10 OctoberDouble Ten Day commemorating the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that led to abolishment of monarchy in China and founding of the Republic of China in 1911
 Tajikistan9 SeptemberIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Tanzania9 DecemberIndependence Day 1961
 Tatarstan30 AugustDeclaration of independence from the RSFSR in 1990
 Texas (United States)2 MarchTexas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836.
 Thailand5 Decemberbirthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
 Togo27 AprilIndependence from the French-administered UN trusteeship 1960
 Tonga4 JuneEmancipation Day abolition of serfdom 1862, independence from the United Kingdom 1970
 Tonga4 NovemberNational Day [formerly Constitution Day] 1875
 Transnistria2 SeptemberIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the Moldova in 1990
 Trinidad and Tobago31 AugustIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1962
 Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom)2nd Saturday in June
 Tunisia20 MarchDeclaration of independence from France 1956
 Turkey29 OctoberRepublic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayrami), republican constitution in 1923
 Turkmenistan27 OctoberIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Turks and Caicos Islands United Kingdom30 AugustConstitution Day, 1976
 Tuvalu1 OctoberIndependence Day, independence from the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) in 1975 and from the United Kingdom in 1978
 Ukraine24 AugustIndependence from the Soviet Union 1991
 United Arab Emirates2 DecemberNational Day, formation of federation of seven emirates on independence from the United Kingdom in 1971
 United Kingdom2nd Saturday in Junedoes 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 1917
 United States4 JulyIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain 1776
 Uruguay25 AugustDía de la Independencia, declaration of independence from Brazil 1825
 Uzbekistan1 SeptemberIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
 Vanuatu30 JulyIndependence Day, from the United Kingdom and France 1980
  Vatican City11 FebruaryFoundation of Vatican City
 Venezuela5 JulyIndependence Day, declaration of independence from Spain 1811
 Vietnam2 SeptemberNational Day, declaration of independence from France and China in 1945
 Wales (United Kingdom)1 MarchSt. David's Day, patron saint
 Yemen22 MayUnity Day or National Day, North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen 1990
 Zambia24 OctoberIndependence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
 Zimbabwe18 AprilDeclaration of independence from the United Kingdom 1980; it had previously declared independence as Rhodesia in 1965

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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. 

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