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Independence Day

Saint Lucian National Holidays Public Holiday in Saint Lucia

St Lucia celebrates its independence from Britain on 22 February

When is Saint Lucia Independence Day?

How long until Independence Day?
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Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Friday February 22nd
2018 Thursday February 22nd
2017 Wednesday February 22nd
2016 Monday February 22nd
2015 Sunday February 22nd
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks independence from Great Britain on 22 February 1979

This public holiday in Saint Lucia is always celebrated on 22 February.

It marks the date in 1979, when Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations.

History of Saint Lucia Independence Day

The Windward island now known as Saint Lucia was first discovered by Europeans in the late 15th or early 16th century. The first settlers were French and they named the island after Saint Lucia, a young Christian martyr who died during the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire of 304 AD.

The English first took control of the island in 1663, and control of the island changed 14 times, being ruled seven times by the French and seven times by the English. The change in ownership finally stopped with English control in 1814 as part of the Treaty of Paris which ended the Napoleonic Wars, when Saint Lucia became a part of the British Windward Islands colony.

In 1958, Saint Lucia joined the West Indies Federation, when the Islands colony was dissolved. In 1967, Saint Lucia became a self-governing island as one of the six members of the West Indies Associated States.

In 1979 it gained full independence under Sir John Compton of the conservative United Workers party (UWP), who later served as prime minister.

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