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National Holiday
This entry gives the primary national day of celebration - usually independence day.
Country
National Holiday
Afghanistan: Independence Day, 19 August (1919)
Albania: Independence Day, 28 November (1912)
Algeria: Revolution Day, 1 November (1954)
American Samoa: Flag Day, 17 April (1900)
Andorra: Our Lady of Meritxell Day, 8 September (1278)
Angola: Independence Day, 11 November (1975)
Anguilla: Anguilla Day, 30 May
Antigua and Barbuda: Independence Day, 1 November (1981)
Argentina: Revolution Day, 25 May (1810)
Armenia: Independence Day, 21 September (1991)
Aruba: Flag Day, 18 March
Australia: Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
Austria: National Day, 26 October (1955); note - commemorates the passage of the law on permanent neutrality
Azerbaijan: Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaidzhan, 28 May (1918)
Bahamas, The: Independence Day, 10 July (1973)
Bahrain: National Day, 16 December (1971); note - 15 August 1971 is the date of independence from the UK, 16 December 1971 is the date of independence from British protection
Bangladesh: Independence Day, 26 March (1971); note - 26 March 1971 is the date of independence from West Pakistan, 16 December 1971 is Victory Day and commemorates the official creation of the state of Bangladesh
Barbados: Independence Day, 30 November (1966)
Belarus: Independence Day, 3 July (1944); note - 3 July 1944 was the date Minsk was liberated from German troops, 25 August 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Belgium: Independence Day, 21 July (1831)
Belize: Independence Day, 21 September (1981)
Benin: National Day, 1 August (1960)
Bermuda: Bermuda Day, 24 May
Bhutan: National Day (Ugyen WANGCHUCK became first hereditary king), 17 December (1907)
Bolivia: Independence Day, 6 August (1825)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: National Day, 25 November (1943)
Botswana: Independence Day, 30 September (1966)
Brazil: Independence Day, 7 September (1822)
British Virgin Islands: Territory Day, 1 July
Brunei: National Day, 23 February (1984); note - 1 January 1984 was the date of independence from the UK, 23 February 1984 was the date of independence from British protection
Bulgaria: Liberation Day, 3 March (1878)
Burkina Faso: Republic Day, 11 December (1958)
Burma: Independence Day, 4 January (1948)
Burundi: Independence Day, 1 July (1962)
Cambodia: Independence Day, 9 November (1953)
Cameroon: Republic Day, 20 May (1972)
Canada: Independence Day/Canada Day, 1 July (1867)
Cape Verde: Independence Day, 5 July (1975)
Cayman Islands: Constitution Day, first Monday in July
Central African Republic: Republic Day, 1 December (1958)
Chad: Independence Day, 11 August (1960)
Chile: Independence Day, 18 September (1810)
China: Founding of the People's Republic of China, 1 October (1949)
Christmas Island: NA
Cocos (Keeling) Islands: NA
Colombia: Independence Day, 20 July (1810)
Comoros: Independence Day, 6 July (1975)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the: Independence Day, 30 June (1960)
Congo, Republic of the: Independence Day, 15 August (1960)
Cook Islands: Constitution Day, first Monday in August (1965)
Costa Rica: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)
Cote d'Ivoire: Independence Day, 7 August (1960)
Croatia: Republic Day/Statehood Day, 30 May (1990)
Cuba: Independence Day, 10 December (1898); note - 10 December 1898 is the date of independence from Spain, 20 May 1902 is the date of independence from US administration
Cyprus: Independence Day, 1 October (1960); note - Turkish Cypriot area celebrates 15 November (1983) as Independence Day
Czech Republic: Czech Founding Day, 28 October (1918)
Denmark: none designated; Constitution Day, 5 June is generally viewed as the National Day
Djibouti: Independence Day, 27 June (1977)
Dominica: Independence Day, 3 November (1978)
Dominican Republic: Independence Day, 27 February (1844)
Ecuador: Independence Day (independence of Quito), 10 August (1809)
Egypt: Revolution Day, 23 July (1952)
El Salvador: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)
Equatorial Guinea: Independence Day, 12 October (1968)
Eritrea: Independence Day, 24 May (1993)
Estonia: Independence Day, 24 February (1918); note - 24 February 1918 was the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 6 September 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Ethiopia: National Day (defeat of MENGISTU regime), 28 May (1991)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas): Liberation Day, 14 June (1982)
Faroe Islands: Olaifest, 29 July
Fiji: Independence Day, second Monday of October (1970)
Finland: Independence Day, 6 December (1917)
France: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
French Guiana: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
French Polynesia: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Gabon: Founding of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), 12 March (1968)
Gambia, The: Independence Day, 18 February (1965)
Georgia: Independence Day, 26 May (1918); note - 26 May 1918 is the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 9 April 1991 is the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Germany: Unity Day, 3 October (1990)
Ghana: Independence Day, 6 March (1957)
Gibraltar: Commonwealth Day, second Monday of March
Greece: Independence Day, 25 March (1821)
Greenland: June 21 (longest day)
Grenada: Independence Day, 7 February (1974)
Guadeloupe: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Guam: Discovery Day, first Monday in March (1521)
Guatemala: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)
Guernsey: Liberation Day, 9 May (1945)
Guinea: Independence Day, 2 October (1958)
Guinea-Bissau: Independence Day, 24 September (1973)
Guyana: Republic Day, 23 February (1970)
Haiti: Independence Day, 1 January (1804)
Holy See (Vatican City): Coronation Day of Pope JOHN PAUL II, 22 October (1978)
Honduras: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)
Hong Kong: National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 1 July 1997 is celebrated as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
Hungary: St. Stephen's Day, 20 August
Iceland: Independence Day, 17 June (1944)
India: Republic Day, 26 January (1950)
Indonesia: Independence Day, 17 August (1945)
Iran: Republic Day, 1 April (1979)
Iraq: Revolution Day, 17 July (1968)
Ireland: Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March
Israel: Independence Day, 14 May (1948); note - Israel declared independence on 14 May 1948, but the Jewish calendar is lunar and the holiday may occur in April or May
Italy: Republic Day, 2 June (1946)
Jamaica: Independence Day, first Monday in August (1962)
Japan: Birthday of Emperor AKIHITO, 23 December (1933)
Jersey: Liberation Day, 9 May (1945)
Jordan: Independence Day, 25 May (1946)
Kazakhstan: Republic Day, 25 October (1990)
Kenya: Independence Day, 12 December (1963)
Kiribati: Independence Day, 12 July (1979)
Korea, North: Founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), 9 September (1948)
Korea, South: Liberation Day, 15 August (1945)
Kuwait: National Day, 25 February (1950)
Kyrgyzstan: Independence Day, 31 August (1991)
Laos: Republic Day, 2 December (1975)
Latvia: Independence Day, 18 November (1918); note - 18 November 1918 is the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 18 November 1991 is the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Lebanon: Independence Day, 22 November (1943)
Lesotho: Independence Day, 4 October (1966)
Liberia: Independence Day, 26 July (1847)
Libya: Revolution Day, 1 September (1969)
Liechtenstein: Assumption Day, 15 August
Lithuania: Independence Day, 16 February (1918); note - 16 February 1918 is the date of independence from German, Austrian, Prussian, and Russian occupation, 11 March 1990 is the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Luxembourg: National Day (Birthday of Grand Duchess Charlotte) 23 June
Macau: National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 20 December 1999 is celebrated as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of: Uprising Day, 2 August (1903)
Madagascar: Independence Day, 26 June (1960)
Malawi: Independence Day, 6 July (1964)
Malaysia: Independence Day/Malaysia Day, 31 August (1957)
Maldives: Independence Day, 26 July (1965)
Mali: Independence Day, 22 September (1960)
Malta: Independence Day, 21 September (1964)
Man, Isle of: Tynwald Day, 5 July
Marshall Islands: Constitution Day, 1 May (1979)
Martinique: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Mauritania: Independence Day, 28 November (1960)
Mauritius: Independence Day, 12 March (1968)
Mayotte: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Mexico: Independence Day, 16 September (1810)
Micronesia, Federated States of: Constitution Day, 10 May (1979)
Moldova: Independence Day, 27 August (1991)
Monaco: National Day (Prince of Monaco Holiday), 19 November
Mongolia: Independence Day/Revolution Day, 11 July (1921)
Montserrat: Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)
Morocco: Throne Day (accession of King MOHAMED VI to the throne), 30 July (1999)
Mozambique: Independence Day, 25 June (1975)
Namibia: Independence Day, 21 March (1990)
Nauru: Independence Day, 31 January (1968)
Nepal: Birthday of King GYANENDRA, 7 July (1946)
Netherlands: Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA in 1909 and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX in 1980), 30 April
Netherlands Antilles: Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA in 1909 and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX in 1980), 30 April
New Caledonia: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
New Zealand: Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)
Nicaragua: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)
Niger: Republic Day, 18 December (1958)
Nigeria: Independence Day, 1 October (1960)
Niue: Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)
Norfolk Island: Pitcairners Arrival Day, 8 June (1856)
Northern Mariana Islands: Commonwealth Day, 8 January (1978)
Norway: Constitution Day, 17 May (1814); note - on 14 January 1814 Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden; resisting Swedish domination, Norwegians adopted a new constitution four months later; on 14 August 1814 Norway was proclaimed independent but in union with Sweden; on 7 June 1905 Norway declared the union with Sweden dissolved
Oman: Birthday of Sultan QABOOS, 18 November (1940)
Pakistan: Republic Day, 23 March (1956)
Palau: Constitution Day, 9 July (1979)
Panama: Independence Day, 3 November (1903)
Papua New Guinea: Independence Day, 16 September (1975)
Paraguay: Independence Day, 14 May (1811)
Peru: Independence Day, 28 July (1821)
Philippines: Independence Day (from Spain), 12 June (1898); note - 12 June 1898 is the date of independence from Spain, 4 July 1946 is the date of independence from the US
Pitcairn Islands: Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)
Poland: Constitution Day, 3 May (1791)
Portugal: Portugal Day, 10 June (1580)
Puerto Rico: US Independence Day, 4 July (1776)
Qatar: Independence Day, 3 September (1971)
Reunion: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Romania: Unification Day (of Romania and Transylvania), 1 December (1918)
Russia: Russia Day, 12 June (1990)
Rwanda: Independence Day, 1 July (1962)
Saint Helena: Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Independence Day, 19 September (1983)
Saint Lucia: Independence Day, 22 February (1979)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Independence Day, 27 October (1979)
Samoa: Independence Day Celebration, 1 June (1962); note - 1 January 1962 is the date of independence from the New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship, 1 June 1962 is the date that independence is celebrated
San Marino: Founding of the Republic, 3 September (301)
Sao Tome and Principe: Independence Day, 12 July (1975)
Saudi Arabia: Unification of the Kingdom, 23 September (1932)
Senegal: Independence Day, 4 April (1960)
Seychelles: Constitution Day, 18 June (1993)
Sierra Leone: Independence Day, 27 April (1961)
Singapore: Independence Day, 9 August (1965)
Slovakia: Constitution Day, 1 September (1992)
Slovenia: Independence Day/Statehood Day, 25 June (1991)
Solomon Islands: Independence Day, 7 July (1978)
Somalia: Foundation of the Somali Republic, 1 July (1960)
South Africa: Freedom Day, 27 April (1994)
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Liberation Day, 14 June (1982)
Spain: Hispanic Day, 12 October
Sri Lanka: Independence Day, 4 February (1948)
Sudan: Independence Day, 1 January (1956)
Suriname: Independence Day, 25 November (1975)
Svalbard: NA
Swaziland: Independence Day, 6 September (1968)
Sweden: Flag Day, 6 June
Switzerland: Founding of the Swiss Confederation, 1 August (1291)
Syria: Independence Day, 17 April (1946)
Taiwan: Republic Day (Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution), 10 October (1911)
Tajikistan: Independence Day, 9 September (1991)
Tanzania: Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar), 26 April (1964)
Thailand: Birthday of King PHUMIPHON, 5 December (1927)
Togo: Independence Day, 27 April (1960)
Tokelau: Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)
Tonga: Independence Day, 4 June (1970)
Trinidad and Tobago: Independence Day, 31 August (1962)
Tunisia: Independence Day, 20 March (1956)
Turkey: Independence Day, 29 October (1923)
Turkmenistan: Independence Day, 27 October (1991)
Turks and Caicos Islands: Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)
Tuvalu: Independence Day, 1 October (1978)
Uganda: Independence Day, 9 October (1962)
Ukraine: Independence Day, 24 August (1991)
United Arab Emirates: Independence Day, 2 December (1971)
United Kingdom: Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, celebrated on the second Saturday in June (1926)
United States: Independence Day, 4 July (1776)
Uruguay: Independence Day, 25 August (1825)
Uzbekistan: Independence Day, 1 September (1991)
Vanuatu: Independence Day, 30 July (1980)
Venezuela: Independence Day, 5 July (1811)
Vietnam: Independence Day, 2 September (1945)
Virgin Islands: Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 27 March (1917)
Wallis and Futuna: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Yemen: Unification Day, 22 May (1990)
Yugoslavia: Republic Day, 29 November
Zambia: Independence Day, 24 October (1964)
Zimbabwe: Independence Day, 18 April (1980)
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