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Field Listing :: National holiday
This entry gives the primary national day of celebration - usually independence day.
By Country Listing of the values for the National holiday field
Country National holiday
Afghanistan
Independence Day, 19 August (1919)
Albania
Independence Day, 28 November (1912) also known as Flag Day
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 (1967)
Antigua and Barbuda
Independence Day, 1 November (1981)
Argentina
Revolution Day (May Revolution Day), 25 May (1810)
Armenia
Independence Day, 21 September (1991)
Aruba
National Anthem and Flag Day, 18 March (1976)
Australia
Australia Day (commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of Australian settlers), 26 January (1788)ANZAC Day (commemorates the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
Austria
National Day (commemorates passage of the law on permanent neutrality), 26 October (1955)
Azerbaijan
Republic Day (founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan), 28 May (1918)
Bahamas, The
Independence Day, 10 July (1973)
Bahrain
National Day, 16 December (1971); note - 15 August 1971 was the date of independence from the UK, 16 December 1971 was the date of independence from British protection
Bangladesh
Independence Day, 26 March (1971); Victory Day, 16 December (1971); note - 26 March 1971 is the date of the Awami League's declaration of an independent Bangladesh, and 16 December (Victory Day) memorializes the military victory over Pakistan and 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
Belgian National Day (ascension to the throne of King LEOPOLD I), 21 July (1831)
Belize
Battle of St. George's Caye Day (National Day), 10 September (1798); Independence Day, 21 September (1981)
Benin
Independence Day, 1 August (1960)
Bermuda
Bermuda Day, 24 May; note - formerly known as Victoria Day, Empire Day, and Commonwealth Day
Bhutan
National Day (Ugyen WANGCHUCK became first hereditary king), 17 December (1907)
Bolivia
Independence Day, 6 August (1825)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Independence Day, 1 March (1992) and Statehood Day, 25 November (1943) - both observed in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina entityVictory Day, 9 May (1945) and Dayton Agreement Day, 21 November (1995) - both observed in the Republika Srpska entity

note: there is no national-level holiday

Botswana
Independence Day (Botswana Day), 30 September (1966)
Brazil
Independence Day, 7 September (1822)
British Virgin Islands
Territory Day, 1 July (1956)
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 protectionthe Sultan's birthday, 15 June
Bulgaria
Liberation Day, 3 March (1878)
Burkina Faso
Republic Day, 11 December (1958); note - commemorates the day that Upper Volta became an autonomous republic in the French Community
Burma
Independence Day, 4 January (1948)Union Day, 12 February (1947)
Burundi
Independence Day, 1 July (1962)
Cabo Verde
Independence Day, 5 July (1975)
Cambodia
Independence Day, 9 November (1953)
Cameroon
State Unification Day (National Day), 20 May (1972)
Canada
Canada Day, 1 July (1867)
Cayman Islands
Constitution Day, first Monday in July (1959)
Central African Republic
Republic Day, 1 December (1958)
Chad
Independence Day, 11 August (1960)
Chile
Independence Day, 18 September (1810)
China
National Day (anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949)
Christmas Island
Australia Day (commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of Australian settlers), 26 January (1788)
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Australia Day (commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of Australian settlers), 26 January (1788)
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
Independence Day, 8 October (1991) and Statehood Day, 25 June (1991); note - 25 June 1991 was the day the Croatian parliament voted for independence; following a three-month moratorium to allow the European Community to solve the Yugoslav crisis peacefully, parliament adopted a decision on 8 October 1991 to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia
Cuba
Triumph of the Revolution (Liberation Day), 1 January (1959)
Curacao

King's Day (birthday of King WILLEM-ALEXANDER), 27 April (1967); note - King's or Queen's Day are observed on the ruling monarch's birthday; celebrated on 26 April if 27 April is a Sunday

Cyprus
Independence Day, 1 October (1960); note - Turkish Cypriots celebrate 15 November (1983) as "Republic Day"
Czechia
Czechoslovak Founding Day, 28 October (1918)
Denmark
Constitution Day, 5 June (1849); note - closest equivalent to a national holiday
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 (1991)
Estonia
Independence Day, 24 February (1918); note - 24 February 1918 was the date Estonia declared its independence from Soviet Russia and established its statehood; 20 August 1991 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union
Eswatini
Independence Day (Somhlolo Day), 6 September (1968)
Ethiopia
Derg Downfall Day (defeat of MENGISTU regime), 28 May (1991)
European Union
Europe Day (also known as Schuman Day), 9 May (1950); note - the day in 1950 that Robert SCHUMAN proposed the creation of what became the European Coal and Steel Community, the progenitor of today's European Union, with the aim of achieving a united Europe
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Liberation Day, 14 June (1982)
Faroe Islands
Olaifest (Olavsoka) (commemorates the death in battle of King OLAF II of Norway, later St. OLAF), 29 July (1030)
Fiji
Fiji (Independence) Day, 10 October (1970)
Finland
Independence Day, 6 December (1917)
France
Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - although often incorrectly referred to as Bastille Day, the celebration actually commemorates the holiday held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (on 14 July 1789) and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)
French Polynesia
Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - the local holiday is Internal Autonomy Day, 29 June (1880)
Gabon
Independence Day, 17 August (1960)
Gambia, The
Independence Day, 18 February (1965)
Georgia
Independence Day, 26 May (1918); note - 26 May 1918 was the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 9 April 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Germany
German Unity Day, 3 October (1990)
Ghana
Independence Day, 6 March (1957)
Gibraltar
National Day, 10 September (1967); note - day of the national referendum to decide whether to remain with the UK or join Spain
Greece
Independence Day, 25 March (1821)
Greenland
National Day, June 21; note - marks the summer solstice and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere
Grenada
Independence Day, 7 February (1974)
Guam
Discovery Day (or Magellan 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)
Election Day of Pope FRANCIS, 13 March (2013)
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
Saint Stephen's Day, 20 August (1083); note - commemorates his canonization and the transfer of his remains to Buda (now Budapest) in 1083
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
Independence Day, 3 October (1932); Republic Day, 14 July (1958)
Ireland
Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March; note - marks the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, during the latter half of the fifth century A.D. (most commonly cited years are c. 461 and c. 493); although Saint Patrick's feast day was celebrated in Ireland as early as the ninth century, it only became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903
Isle of Man
Tynwald Day, 5 July (1417); date Tynwald Day was first recorded
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, 6 August (1962)
Japan
Birthday of Emperor AKIHITO, 23 December (1933); note - celebrates the birthday of the current emperor
Jersey
Liberation Day, 9 May (1945)
Jordan
Independence Day, 25 May (1946)
Kazakhstan
Independence Day, 16 December (1991)
Kenya
Jamhuri Day (Independence Day), 12 December (1963); note - Madaraka Day, 1 June (1963) marks the day Kenya attained internal self-rule
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)
Kosovo
Independence Day, 17 February (2008)
Kuwait
National Day, 25 February (1950)
Kyrgyzstan
Independence Day, 31 August (1991)
Laos
Republic Day (National Day), 2 December (1975)
Latvia
Independence Day (Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day), 18 November (1918); note - 18 November 1918 was the date Latvia established its statehood and its concomitant independence from Soviet Russia; 4 May 1990 was the date it declared the restoration of Latvian statehood and its concomitant independence from the Soviet Union
Lebanon
Independence Day, 22 November (1943)
Lesotho
Independence Day, 4 October (1966)
Liberia
Independence Day, 26 July (1847)
Libya
Liberation Day, 23 October (2011)
Liechtenstein
National Day, 15 August (1940); note - a National Day was originally established in 1940 to combine celebrations for the Feast of the Assumption (15 August) with those honoring the birthday of former Prince FRANZ JOSEF II (1906-1989) whose birth fell on 16 August; after the prince's death, National Day became the official national holiday by law in 1990
Lithuania
Independence Day (or National Day), 16 February (1918); note - 16 February 1918 was the date Lithuania established its statehood and its concomitant independence from Soviet Russia and Germany; 11 March 1990 was the date it declared the restoration of Lithuanian statehood and its concomitant independence from the Soviet Union
Luxembourg
National Day (Birthday of Grand Duke HENRI), 23 June; note - this date of birth is not the true date of birth for any of the Royals, but the national festivities were shifted in 1962 to allow observance during a more favorable time of year
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
Independence Day, 8 September (1991); also known as National Day
Madagascar
Independence Day, 26 June (1960)
Malawi
Independence Day, 6 July (1964); note - also called Republic Day since 6 July 1966
Malaysia
Independence Day (or Merdeka Day), 31 August (1957) (independence of Malaya); Malaysia Day, 16 September (1963) (formation of Malaysia)
Maldives
Independence Day, 26 July (1965)
Mali
Independence Day, 22 September (1960)
Malta
Independence Day, 21 September (1964)Republic Day, 13 December (1974)
Marshall Islands
Constitution Day, 1 May (1979)
Mauritania
Independence Day, 28 November (1960)
Mauritius
Independence and Republic Day, 12 March (1968 & 1992); note - became independent and a republic on the same date in 1968 and 1992 respectively
Mexico
Independence Day, 16 September (1810)
Micronesia, Federated States of
Constitution Day, 10 May (1979)
Moldova
Independence Day, 27 August (1991)
Monaco
National Day (Saint Rainier's Day), 19 November (1857)
Mongolia
Naadam (games) holiday (commemorates independence from China in the 1921 Revolution), 11-15 JulyConstitution Day (marks the date that the Mongolian People's Republic was created under a new constitution), 26 November (1924)
Montenegro
National Day, 13 July (1878, the day the Berlin Congress recognized Montenegro as the 27th independent state in the world, and 1941, the day the Montenegrins staged an uprising against fascist occupiers and sided with the partisan communist movement)
Montserrat
birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)
Morocco
Throne Day (accession of King MOHAMMED 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
Constitution Day, 20 September (2015); note - marks the promulgation of Nepal’s constitution in 2015 and replaces the previous 28 May Republic Day as the official national day in Nepal; the Gregorian day fluctuates based on Nepal’s Hindu calendar
Netherlands
King's Day (birthday of King WILLEM-ALEXANDER), 27 April (1967); note - King's or Queen's Day are observed on the ruling monarch's birthday; currently celebrated on 26 April if 27 April is a Sunday
New Caledonia
Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - the local holiday is New Caledonia Day, 24 September (1853)
New Zealand
Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)Anzac Day (commemorated as the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
Nicaragua
Independence Day, 15 September (1821)
Niger
Republic Day, 18 December (1958); note - commemorates the founding of the Republic of Niger which predated independence from France in 1960
Nigeria
Independence Day (National Day), 1 October (1960)
Niue
Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)
Norfolk Island
Bounty Day (commemorates the arrival of Pitcairn Islanders), 8 June (1856)
Northern Mariana Islands
Commonwealth Day, 8 January (1978)
Norway
Constitution Day, 17 May (1814)
Oman
National Day, 18 November; note - coincides with the birthday of Sultan QABOOS, 18 November (1940)
Pakistan
Pakistan Day (also referred to as Pakistan Resolution Day or Republic Day), 23 March (1940); note - commemorates both the adoption of the Lahore Resolution by the All-India Muslim League during its 22-24 March 1940 session, which called for the creation of independent Muslim states, and the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan on 23 March 1956 during the transition to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Palau
Constitution Day, 9 July (1981), day of a national referendum to pass the new constitutionIndependence Day, 1 October (1994)
Panama
Independence Day (Separation Day), 3 November (1903)
Papua New Guinea
Independence Day, 16 September (1975)
Paraguay
Independence Day, 14-15 May (1811) (observed 15 May)
Peru
Independence Day, 28-29 July (1821)
Philippines
Independence Day, 12 June (1898); note - 12 June 1898 was date of declaration of independence from Spain; 4 July 1946 was date of independence from the US
Pitcairn Islands
Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926); Discovery Day (Pitcairn Day), 2 July (1767)
Poland
Constitution Day, 3 May (1791)
Portugal
Portugal Day (Dia de Portugal), 10 June (1580); note - also called Camoes Day, the day that revered national poet Luis DE CAMOES (1524-80) died
Puerto Rico
US Independence Day, 4 July (1776)Puerto Rico Constitution Day, 25 July (1952)
Qatar
National Day, 18 December (1878), anniversary of Al Thani family accession to the throne; Independence Day, 3 September (1971)
Romania
Unification Day (unification of Romania and Transylvania), 1 December (1918)
Russia
Russia Day, 12 June (1990); note - commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR)
Rwanda
Independence Day, 1 July (1962)
Saint Barthelemy
Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - local holiday is St. Barthelemy Day, 24 August (1572)
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, third Monday in April (1926)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Independence Day, 19 September (1983)
Saint Lucia
Independence Day, 22 February (1979)
Saint Martin
Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - local holiday is Schoelcher Day (Slavery Abolition Day) 12 July (1848)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790)
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, but it is observed in June
San Marino
Founding of the Republic (or Feast of Saint Marinus), 3 September (A.D. 301)
Sao Tome and Principe
Independence Day, 12 July (1975)
Saudi Arabia
Saudi National Day (Unification of the Kingdom), 23 September (1932)
Senegal
Independence Day, 4 April (1960)
Serbia
National Day (Statehood Day), 15 February (1835), the day the first constitution of the country was adopted
Seychelles
Constitution Day, 18 June (1993)Independence Day (National Day), 29 June (1976)
Sierra Leone
Independence Day, 27 April (1961)
Singapore
National Day, 9 August (1965)
Sint Maarten

King's Day (birthday of King WILLEM-ALEXANDER), 27 April (1967); note - King's or Queen's Day are observed on the ruling monarch's birthday; celebrated on 26 April if 27 April is a Sunday

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)note - 26 June (1960) in Somaliland
South Africa
Freedom Day, 27 April (1994)
South Sudan
Independence Day, 9 July (2011)
Spain
National Day (Hispanic Day), 12 October (1492); note - commemorates COLUMBUS' arrival in the Americas
Sri Lanka
Independence Day (National Day), 4 February (1948)
Sudan
Independence Day, 1 January (1956)
Suriname
Independence Day, 25 November (1975)
Sweden
National Day, 6 June (1983); note - from 1916 to 1982 this date was celebrated as Swedish Flag Day
Switzerland
Founding of the Swiss Confederation in 1291; note - since 1 August 1891 celebrated as Swiss National Day
Syria
Independence Day (Evacuation Day), 17 April (1946); note - celebrates the leaving of the last French troops and the proclamation of full independence
Taiwan
Republic Day (National Day), 10 October (1911); note - celebrates the anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, also known as Double Ten (10-10) Day
Tajikistan
Independence Day (or National Day), 9 September (1991)
Tanzania
Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar), 26 April (1964)
Thailand
Birthday of King WACHIRALONGKON, 28 July (1952)
Timor-Leste
Restoration of Independence Day, 20 May (2002)Proclamation of Independence Day, 28 November (1975)
Togo
Independence Day, 27 April (1960)
Tokelau
Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)
Tonga
Official Birthday of King TUPOU VI, 4 July (1959); note - actual birthday of the monarch is 12 July 1959; 4 July (2015) is the day the king was crownedConstitution Day (National Day), 4 November (1875)
Trinidad and Tobago
Independence Day, 31 August (1962)
Tunisia
Independence Day, 20 March (1956)Revolution and Youth Day, 14 January (2011)
Turkey
Republic Day, 29 October (1923)
Turkmenistan
Independence Day, 27 October (1991)
Turks and Caicos Islands
Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, usually celebrated the Monday after the second Saturday in June
Tuvalu
Independence Day, 1 October (1978)
Uganda
Independence Day, 9 October (1962)
Ukraine
Independence Day, 24 August (1991); note - 22 January 1918, the day Ukraine first declared its independence from Soviet Russia, and the date the short-lived Western and Greater (Eastern) Ukrainian republics united (1919), is now celebrated as Unity Day
United Arab Emirates
Independence Day (National Day), 2 December (1971)
United Kingdom
the UK does not celebrate one particular national holiday
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 (National Day), 2 September (1945)
Virgin Islands
Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 31 March (1917)
Wallis and Futuna
Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Yemen
Unification Day, 22 May (1990)
Zambia
Independence Day, 24 October (1964)
Zimbabwe
Independence Day, 18 April (1980)