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National holiday

This entry gives the primary national day of celebration - usually independence day.

  • Afghanistan

    Independence Day, 19 August (1919)

  • Albania

    Independence Day, 28 November (1912), also known as Flag Day

  • Algeria

    Independence Day, 5 July (1962); 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 entity; Victory 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 protection; the 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, the 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, the 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 restoring its statehood

  • 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 NARUHITO, 23 February (1960); 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

  • 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 July; Constitution 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, usually celebrated the Monday after the 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)

  • North Macedonia

    Independence Day, 8 September (1991), also known as National Day

  • Northern Mariana Islands

    Commonwealth Day, 8 January (1978)

  • Norway

    Constitution Day, 17 May (1814)

  • Oman

    National Day, 18 November; note - celebrates Oman's independence from Portugal in 1650 and the birthday of Sultan QABOOS bin Said al Said, who reigned from 1970 to 2020

  • 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 constitution; Independence 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); 14 May is celebrated as Flag Day

  • 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), as well as St. Martin's Day, 11 November (1985), which commemorates the discovery of the island by COLUMBUS on Saint Martin's Day, 11 November 1493; the latter holiday celebrated on both halves of the island

  • 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; local holiday Sint Maarten's Day, 11 November (1985), commemorates the discovery of the island by COLUMBUS on Saint Martin's Day, 11 November 1493; celebrated on both halves of the island

  • 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 the arrival of COLUMBUS 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 crowned; Constitution 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)