National Days

Most countries have national days such as an independence day. Some of us have two.

Brazilian Independence Day ~ Sete de Setembro

Saturday, September 7, 2019
SÃO PAULO ~ Brazil’s national day celebrates Dom Pedro I’s declaration of independence from Portugal on September 7, 1821

Salvadoran Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Costa Rican Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Guatemalan Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Nicaraguan Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” creating modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Honduran Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Celebrate Spain’s National Day, La Fiesta Nacional de España

Saturday, October 12, 2019
BAHAMAS ~ Rodrigo de Triana, a lookout on the first expedition of Columbus, sighted land on October 12, 1492

Panamanian Independence Day

Saturday, November 28, 2019
PANAMA CITY ~ Rebels drafted a Declaration of Independence from Spain and joined Gran Colombia on November 28, 1821

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day ~ Guerra da Restauração

LISBON, PORTUGAL, December 1, 1640 ~ Portuguese nobles and merchants stage a coup against Spanish Hapsburg rule that begins the Portuguese Restoration War. Portugal gains its independence in 1668.

Haitian Independence Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
GONAUÏVES, Haiti ~ The Haitian national day celebrates the declaration of independence from France by revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines on January 1, 1804

Celebrate Romani Day 2020

APRIL 8 (2020, Wed) ~ The Romani were originally traveling court musicians in northern India. Flamenco is mostly Romani.

The May Revolution of Buenos Aires launched Latin American Independence

Monday, May 25, 2020
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina ~ The May Revolution launched the Latin American Wars of Independence on May 25, 1810

La Festa della Repubblica, Italy’s national day

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Italian national day
ITALY ~ The Italian people voted to end the monarchy and found the Republic of Italy on June 2, 1946

Fourth of July 2020, U.S. Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020
(Holiday, Fri, July 3, 2020)
The thirteen colonies that became the United States declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776

Celebrate Venezuelan Independence Day ~ Cinco de Julio

Sunday, July 5, 2020
CARACAS ~ Venezuela’s national day celebrates the founding of the first independent nation in South America on July 5, 1811

Celebrate Nueve de Julio, Argentine Independence Day

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Argentine national day celebration
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina ~ After the restoration of the Spanish throne, the United Provinces of South America (modern Argentina & Uruguay) declared independence on July 9, 1816

Bastille Day 2020, La Fête nationale, le 14 juillet

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
PARIS, France ~ The French national day celebrates the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789
NEW YORK CITY celebrates with a FIAF street fair and more

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day “20 de Julio”

Monday, July 20, 2020
BOGOTÁ ~ The Colombian national day celebrates the people’s protests which inspired the formation of a government independent from Spain on July 20, 1810

Celebrate Puerto Rico Constitution Day

Saturday, July 25, 2020
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ~ Commemorates the day when Governor Luis Muñoz Marín signed the Puerto Rican Constitution into law on July 25, 1952

Peruvian Independence Day

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
LIMA, Peru ~ Argentine revolutionary leader José San Martín declared Peruvian independence from Spain on July 28, 1821

Bolivian Independence Day 2020 Día de la Patria

Thursday, August 6, 2020
CHUQUISACA, Bolivia ~ The Bolivian Declaration of Independence ended Spanish control of South America on August 6, 1825

Ecuadorian Independence Day

Monday, August 10, 2020
QUITO, Ecuador ~ Criollo rebels took over the capital, marking the first step in Ecuadorian independence on August 10, 1809

Celebrate Dominican Restoration Day

Sunday, August 16, 2020
DAJABON, Dominican Republic ~ A rebel raid called “El grito de Capotillo” launched the Dominican War of Restoration of independence from Spain on August 16, 1863

Celebrate Uruguayan Independence Day

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
LA FLORIDA, Uruguay ~ The Uruguayan national day commemorates the assembly of the Thirty-Three Orientals rebel group which declared independence from Brazil on August 25, 1825

Mexican Independence Day ¡Viva Mexico!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
DOLORES HIDALGO, Mexico ~ The Mexican Revolution began with a call to arms, “El Grito de Dolores” (The Cry of Dolores) on September 16, 1810

Chilean Independence Day ~ Dieciocho Fiestas Patrias Chile

Friday, September 18, 2020
SANTIAGO, Chile ~ Chile’s First Junta replaced the royal governor on September 18, 1810

Portugal Day Festival and Portugal Day Parade in Newark, NJ

STREET FAIR Sat-Sun, Jun 8-9
PARADE Sun, Jun 9, 2019
NEWARK, New Jersey | Metro NYC’s big Portuguese celebration



Cuba celebrates Liberation Day, the day Fidel Castro took power on January 1, 1959.

Haiti celebrates its declaration of independence from France on January 1, 1804.

Romania celebrates the unification of the Romanian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia on January 24, 1859.


 

Vatican City celebrates its foundation on February 11, 1929.

Dominican Independence Day commemorates the Dominican Republic’s independence from Haiti on February 27, 1844.


 

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Outside the city of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is an American celebration of Mexican culture. Mexican Independence Day is in September.

Paraguay celebrates its declaration of independence from Spain on May 14, 1814.

Argentina celebrates the creation of its first national government during the May Revolution on May 25, 1810.  (Argentina also celebrates its declaration of independence from Spain on July 9, 1816.)


 



Italy celebrates the Festa della Repubblica when Italy became a republic on June 2, 1946.

Portugal Day commemorates the death of national poet Luís de Camões on June 10, 1580.

The Philippines celebrates its declaration of independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.

Québec, Canada celebrates Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, the feast of John the Baptist, the patron saint of French-Canadians on June 24.


 

United States Independence Day (Fourth of July) commemorates the signing of its Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

Venezuelan Independence Day (Cinco de Julio) commemorates the signing of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence from Spain on July 5, 1811.

Argentine Independence Day (Nueve de Julio) commemorates its declaration of independence from Spain on July 9, 1816. (Argentina also celebrates the creation of its first national government on May 25, 1810.)

France celebrates Bastille Day when the people stormed the Bastille prison in Paris during the French Revolution on July 14, 1789.

Colombian independence day from Spain is July 20, 1810.

Puerto Rico celebrates Constitution Day when the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was established on July 25, 1952. (Puerto Ricans are American citizens).

Peruvian Independence Day commemorates its declaration of independence from Spain on July 28, 1821.


 



Bolivian Independence Day commemorates its declaration of independence from Spain on August 6, 1825.

Ecuadorian Independence Day commemorates its declaration of independence from Spain on August 10, 1809.

Dominican Restoration Day commemorates El Grito de Capotillo which launched the Dominican War of Restoration of independence from Spain on August 16, 1863.

Uruguayan Independence Day commemorates its declaration of independence from Brazil on August 25, 1825.


 

Brazilian Independence Day commemorates its declaration of independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822.

Spanish Catalans commemorate the Fall of Barcelona during the War of Spanish Succession on September 11, 1714.

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrated their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821.

Mexican Independence Day commemorates El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores), the beginning of its war of independence from Spain on September 16, 1810.

Chile celebrates the creation of its first government on September 18, 1810.


 

Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates our Indigenous heritage as an alternative to Columbus Day. In 2018 Indigenous People’s Day is Monday, October 8, 2018

Spain celebrates la Fiesta Nacional de España (The National Feast of Spain) when Columbus discovered the Americas for Spain on October 12, 1492.


 



Panamanian Independence Day is Separation Day, the day when it gained independence from Colombia on November 3, 1903.


 

Romania celebrates Great Union Day when Transylvania joined Romania on December 1, 1918.


 


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