The following map shows national days around the world which mark that country's independence with a flag indicating who the country gained independence from. Click on the flags to get more information on the National Days.
Celebrating a nation's independence is by far and away the most popular type of National Day around the world. Of the 225 nations and states whose national days are covered on these pages, 163 of those days celebrate independence in some shape or form.
Some of the flags above may not be that familiar as they represent states that no longer exist such as the Ottoman Empire, the Austria Hungary Empire, the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic and even the Roman Empire.
Looking at National Days in this way gives a fascinating insight into how political changes from history have shaped our culture today.
The table below shows how many national days around the world were created to celebrate independence from these nations or states.
|Nation or state||Number of National Days|
Leading the way in being responsible for 48 Independence Days is Great Britain or United Kingdom. These independence days are reminder of just how large the British Empire was. This is a list of countries whose National Day celebrates their independence from Great Britain.
|Nation or state||Date|
|Antigua and Barbuda||November 01|
|British Virgin Islands||July 01|
|Cayman Islands||July 04|
|Hong Kong||July 01|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||September 19|
|Sierra Leone||April 27|
|Solomon Islands||July 07|
|Sri Lanka||February 04|
|St. Vincent & the Grenadines||October 27|
|Trinidad and Tobago||August 31|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||August 30|
|United Arab Emirates||December 02|
|United States||July 04|
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