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Dates of Vietnamese National Day
This Vietnamese public holiday is celebrated on 2 September.
If the holiday falls on a weekend, the following Monday may be observed as a public holiday.
National Day marks Vietnam's declaration of independence from France.
In 1887 Vietnam became part of French Indochina. During World War II, Vietnam was occupied by the Japanese.
Following the end of the war, on 2 September 1945, following the 'August Revolution', Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).
Despite the differences that grew between Vietnam and the USA, the Vietnamese declaration of Independence itself drew heavily from the American version
In 1976, the two halves of Vietnam were finally united into one country, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, but 2 September remains as the key date in Vietnam's road to independence.
To celebrate Vietnam's national day, there are speeches, parades, fireworks, and other festivities across the country, with a large march in Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, where the declaration of Independence was made.
This is a very patriotic holiday with the national flag of Vietnam displayed everywhere and large posters of Ho Chi Minh ('Uncle Ho') adorning city walls..