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National Days Around the World

Office Holidays focuses on key countries so that our calendars don't get too crowded, but on this page we celebrate national holidays from most other regions in the world.

A National Day is a date for a country to celebrate its nationhood. Common reasons for a certain day are the date on which a state or country achieved it's independence, or the date of the country's patron saint day. Most National Days are fixed, exceptions to this are shown below.

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Country Date Remarks
Afghanistan Afghanistan 19 August Independence Day. Independence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919
Albania Albania 28 November Independence Day. Dita e Pavarësisë. Declaration of independence from Ottoman rule in 1912
Algeria Algeria 01 November Revolution Day. Start of the War of Independence in 1954
American Samoa American Samoa 17 April Flag Day. On 17 April 1900 American Samoa became a U.S. Territory
Andorra Andorra 08 September Our Lady of Meritxell Day. Patron saint of Andorra
Angola Angola 11 November Independence Day. Independence from Portugal in 1975
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 01 November Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981
Argentina Argentina 25 May May Revolution Day. The Spanish viceroy is replaced by the Primera Junta during the May Revolution
Armenia Armenia 28 May Republic Day. Independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic in 1918
Aruba Aruba 18 March Flag day. Autonomy within the Netherlands in 1945
Australia Australia 26 January Australia Day. Date of the founding of Sydney, the first European settlement in Australia, 1788
Austria Austria 26 October National Day. Commemorates the Declaration of Neutrality.
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 28 May Republic Day. Independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic in 1918
Bahamas Bahamas 10 July Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973
Bahrain Bahrain 16 December National Day. Accession Day for the late Amir Sh. Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Bangladesh Bangladesh 26 March Independence Day. Declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971
Barbados Barbados 30 November Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
Belarus Belarus 03 July Independence Day. Marks the liberation of Minsk in 1944
Belgium Belgium 21 July Independence Day. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831
Belize Belize 10 September St. George's Caye Day. Independence from Spain in 1798. Also celebrated as Battle of St. George's Caye Day
Benin Benin 01 August Independence Day. Independence from France in 1960
Bermuda, United Kingdom Bermuda, United Kingdom 24 May Bermuda Day. Originally Queen Victoria's birthday. Now celebrates the islands' heritage
Bhutan Bhutan 17 December National Day. Ugyen Wangchuck elected hereditary king in 1907
Bolivia Bolivia 06 August National Day. Proclamation of Republic (independent from Spain) in 1825
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 November Bosnian Republic Day. 1st session of the Council of National Liberation in 1943
Botswana Botswana 30 September Botswana Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
Brazil Brazil 07 September Dia da Independ. Declared Independence from Portugal on this date in 1822
Brunei Brunei 23 February National Day. Brunei gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 1 January 1984
Bulgaria Bulgaria 03 March Liberation Day. Marks the Treaty of San Stefano signed on 3 Mar 1878
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 04 August Independence Day. Change of name from Upper Volta in 1984
Burundi Burundi 01 July Independence Day. Independence from Belgium in 1962
Cambodia Cambodia 09 November Independence Day. Independence from France in 1953
Cameroon Cameroon 20 May National Day. Creation of a unitary state in 1972
Canada Canada 01 July Canada Day. Marks the union of the British North America provinces under the name of Canada in 1867
Cape Verde Cape Verde 05 July Independence Day.
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands 01 July Constitution Day. 1st Monday in July
Central African Republic Central African Republic 01 December National Day. Proclamation of the Republic in 1958
Chad Chad 11 August Independence Day. Independence from France in 1960
Chile Chile 18 September Independence Day. The first Government Junta is created 1810
China China 01 October National Day of the PRC. Proclamation of People's Republic of China 1949
Colombia Colombia 20 July Independence Day. Declaration of independence from Spain 1810
Comoros Comoros 06 July National Day. Independence from France 1975
Cook Islands Cook Islands 04 August Constitution Day. Self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1965
Costa Rica Costa Rica 15 September Independence Day.
Croatia Croatia 25 June Statehood Day.
Cuba Cuba 01 January Liberation Day. Marks the 1959 Revolution led by Fidel Castro
Cyprus Cyprus 01 October Independence Day. Cyprus became independent from the UK in 1960
Czech Republic Czech Republic 28 October Foundation of the independent Czechoslovak State. Independence from Austria-Hungary in 1918
Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of Congo 30 June Independence Day. Independence from Belgium in 1960
Denmark Denmark 05 June Constitution Day. Grundlovsdag
Djibouti Djibouti 27 June National Day. Independence from France 1977
Dominica Dominica 03 November Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 27 February Independence Day. Independence from Haiti in 1844
East Timor East Timor 20 May Proclamation of Independence day. Independence from Indonesia in 2002
Ecuador Ecuador 10 August National Day. Proclamation of independence from Spain in 1809
Egypt Egypt 23 July Revolution Day. The revolution of 1952
El Salvador El Salvador 15 September Independence Day.
England England 23 April St George's Day. St George is the patron saint of England, not a bank holiday
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 11 October Independence Day. Independence from Spain in 1968
Eritrea Eritrea 24 May Independence Day. Eritrean rebels enter the capital Asmara in 1991 leading to independence from Ethiopia
Estonia Estonia 24 February Independence Day. Memorial day of the 1848 Revolution against the Austrian empire
Ethiopia Ethiopia 28 May Downfall of the Derg Day. The Derg regime is defeated in 1991
Falkland Islands Falkland Islands 14 June Liberation Day. The end of the Falklands War 1982
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 29 July Saint Olavs day. Ólavsøka. Saint Olaf's death at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030
Fiji Fiji 10 October Fiji Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
Finland Finland 06 December Independence Day. Declaration of independence from Russia 1917
France France 14 July Bastille Day. Fête de la Fédération. Bastille Day, 14 July 1789
French Guiana French Guiana 14 July Bastille Day. Fête de la Fédération. Bastille Day, 14 July 1789
Gabon Gabon 17 August National Day. Independence from France in 1960
Gambia Gambia 18 February Independence Day. Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1965
Georgia Georgia 26 May Day of First Republic.
Germany Germany 03 October German Unity Day. Unification of West Germany and East Germany in 1990
Ghana Ghana 06 March Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom 1957
Gibraltar Gibraltar 10 September Gibraltar National Day. Gibraltar voted to reject Spanish sovereignty or association 1967
Greece Greece 25 March Independence Day. Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire 1821
Greenland Greenland 21 June Ullortuneq. Longest Day of the Year. The National Day was introduced in 1983 as part of Home Rule
Grenada Grenada 07 February Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom on 7 February 1974
Guam Guam 21 July Liberation Day. Americans landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam
Guatemala Guatemala 15 September Independence Day.
Guinea Guinea 03 April Second Republic Day. Removal of dictatorship in 1984
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 24 September National Day. Declaration of independence from Portugal in 1973
Guyana Guyana 23 February Republic Day. Also known as Mashramani, republic 1970
Haiti Haiti 01 January Independence Day. Marks independence from France in 1804
Honduras Honduras 15 September Independence Day.
Hong Kong Hong Kong 01 July Special Administration Region (SAR) Day. Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC 1997
Hungary Hungary 15 March 1848 Revolution memorial day. Memorial day of the 1848 Revolution against the Austrian empire
Iceland Iceland 17 June National Day. Founding of republic and dissolution of personal union with Denmark 1944
India India 15 August Independence Day. On August 15, 1947, India became a dominion within the British Commonwealth
Indonesia Indonesia 17 August Proclamation of Independence day. Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I. Independence from Japan in 1945
Iran Iran 11 February Revolution Day. Marks overthrow of the Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini taking power in 1979
Iraq Iraq 03 October National Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1932
Ireland Ireland 17 March St. Patrick's Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland
Israel Israel 14 May Yom Ha'atzmaut. Proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine 1948
Italy Italy 02 June Republic Day. Festa della Repubblica. Italy is voted a republic in 1946
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 07 August Independence Day. Independence from France in 1960
Jamaica Jamaica 06 August Independence Day.
Japan Japan 11 February National Foundation Day. Marks the day on which according to legend Emperor Jimmu founded Japan in 660BC
Jordan Jordan 25 May Independence Day. Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1946
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 16 December Independence Day. Declared sovereign republic within the USSR in 1990
Kenya Kenya 12 December Jamhuri Day. Marks the date of Kenya's establishment as a republic on 12 December, 1964
Kiribati Kiribati 12 July Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
Kuwait Kuwait 25 February National Day. marks the creation of Kuwait as a nation in 1961
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 31 August Independence Day.
Laos Laos 02 December National Day. Peoples republic declared 1975
Latvia Latvia 18 November Latvian National day. Declaration of independence from Russia in 1918.
Lebanon Lebanon 22 November Independence Day. Independence from France in 1943
Lesotho Lesotho 04 October Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
Liberia Liberia 26 July Independence Day. Proclamation of the Republic: independence from the United States 1847
Libya Libya 17 February Revolution Day. The revolution against El-Gazafi
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 15 August Liechtenstein State Celebration. The Hereditary Prince becomes Regent 2004
Lithuania Lithuania 16 February Lithuanian State Reestablishment Day. Independence after German occupation in World War I
Luxembourg Luxembourg 23 June Luxembourg National Day. The official birthday of the Grand Duke
Macau Macau 20 December Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day. Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1999
Macedonia Macedonia 08 September Independence Day. Den na nezavisnosta. Declaration of independence from Yugoslavia 1991
Madagascar Madagascar 26 June Independence Day. Independence from France 1960
Madeira Madeira 01 July Madeira Day. Autonomy from Portugal
Malawi Malawi 06 July Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
Malaysia Malaysia 31 August Merdeka Day. Hari Merdeka. Independence (within the Commonwealth) from the United Kingdom in 1957
Maldives Maldives 26 July .
Mali Mali 22 September Independence Day. Independence from the Mali Federation in 1960
Malta Malta 21 September Independence Day. Malta gained its Independence from Britain on this day in 1964
Marshall Islands Marshall Islands 01 May Constitution Day. Celebrates self governance and adoption of the constitution in 1979
Mauritania Mauritania 28 November Independence Day. Independence from France in 1960
Mauritius Mauritius 12 March Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom 1968
Mexico Mexico 16 September Independence Day. Grito de Dolores, declaration of independence from Spain in 1810
Micronesia Micronesia 03 November FSM Independence Day. Independence from the US-administered UN Trusteeship 1979
Moldova Moldova 27 August Independence Day. Declaration of independence from the Soviet Union 1991
Monaco Monaco 19 November National Day. The levée of Prince Albert II in 2005
Mongolia Mongolia 11 July Naadam Holiday. Declaration of independence from China 1921
Montenegro Montenegro 13 July Statehood Day. Recognised as independent at the Congress of Berlin 1878
Morocco Morocco 18 November Independence Day. Independence from France in 1956
Mozambique Mozambique 25 June Independence Day. Independence from Portugal 1975
Myanmar Myanmar 30 November National Day. Beginning of Student led protests against British in 1920
Namibia Namibia 21 March Independence Day. From South African mandate 1990
Nauru Nauru 31 January Independence Day. Independence from the Australia, NZ, and UK administered UN trusteeship in 1968
Nepal Nepal 28 May Republic Day. Nepal became a federal republic in 2008
Netherlands Netherlands 30 April Queens Birthday. Marks Queen Beatrix's investiture but celebrated on former Queen Juliana's birthday
New Zealand New Zealand 06 February Waitangi Day. Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840
Nicaragua Nicaragua 15 September Independence Day. Independence from Spain in 1821
Niger Niger 18 December Republic Day. Autonomous state within the French Community from 1958
Nigeria Nigeria 01 October Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1960
Niue Niue 19 October Constitution Day. Self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1974
North Korea North Korea 09 September National Day. Declaration of a democratic people's republic in 1948
Northern Cyprus Northern Cyprus 15 November Republic Day. Declaration of independence from the Cyprus in 1983
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 17 March St. Patrick's Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Northern Ireland
Norway Norway 17 May Constitution Day. The signing of the first Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814
Oman Oman 18 November National Day. Two day holiday. Birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman
Pakistan Pakistan 14 August Independence Day. Marks Pakistan's independence from British rule in 1947
Palau Palau 09 July Constitution Day. Became the world's first nuclear-free constitution 1981
Panama Panama 03 November Separation Day. Declaration of independence from Colombia 1903
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 16 September Independence Day. Independence from Australia in 1975
Paraguay Paraguay 14 May Independence Day. Two day holiday. Día de Independencia. declaration of independence from Spain in 1811
Peru Peru 28 July Independence Day. Declaration of independence from Spain in 1821
Philippines Philippines 12 June Independence Day. Araw ng Kalayaan. Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain in 1898
Poland Poland 03 May Constitution Day. Swieto Konstytucji 3 Maja, Constitution Day, 1791
Portugal Portugal 10 June Portugal Day. Commemorates the death of Lu
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 25 July Constitution Day. Establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 1952
Qatar Qatar 18 December Qatar National Day. The assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani in 1878
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo 15 August National Day. Independence from France in 1960
Romania Romania 01 December Union Day. unification with Transylvania
Russia Russia 12 June Russia Day. Declaration of sovereignty in 1990, (law priority over Soviet Union laws)
Rwanda Rwanda 01 July Independence Day. Independence from Belgium in 1962
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 19 September Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom 1983
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia 13 December National Day. Independence from United Kingdom in 1979 and also saint Lucia's day
Samoa Samoa 01 June Independence Day. On 1 January 1962 Western Samoa became independent of New Zealand
San Marino San Marino 03 September Republic Day. Independence from the Roman Empire in year 301 (traditional date)
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 12 July Independence Day. Independence from Portugal 1975
Sardinia, Italy Sardinia, Italy 28 April Sardinia's Day. Sa die de sa Sardinia (Sardinia's Day) celebrating the uprising of 28 April 1794
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 23 September National Day. Unification of the kingdoms Nejd and Hejaz in 1932
Scotland Scotland 30 November St. Andrews Day. Patron saint of Scotland, now a bank holiday in Scotland
Senegal Senegal 04 April National Day. Independence from France 1960
Serbia Serbia 15 February Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia. The beginning of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule in 1804
Seychelles Seychelles 18 June National Day. The return of a multi-party democracy to the Seychelles in 1993
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 27 April Independence Day. Marks independence from the UK on 27 April 1961
Singapore Singapore 09 August National Day. Singapore became independent from the Federation of Malaysia on 9 Aug 1965
Slovakia Slovakia 01 September Day of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic. The constitution was proclaimed on 1 September 1992
Slovenia Slovenia 25 June Statehood Day. Commemorates independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 07 July Independence Day.
Somalia Somalia 01 July Independence Day. Foundation of the Republic, from Italy and the formation of Somali Republic in 1960
South Africa South Africa 27 April Freedom Day. South Africa's first democratic general election in 1994
South Korea South Korea 15 August Liberation Day. Gwangbokjeol. Liberation from Japanese rule in 1945
South Sudan South Sudan 09 July Independence Day.
Spain Spain 12 October Fiesta Nacional de Espa. Columbus discovery of America in 1492
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 04 February Independence Day. Marks independence from British rule in 1948
St. Vincent & the Grenadines St. Vincent & the Grenadines 27 October Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
Sudan Sudan 01 January Independence Day. Independence from Egypt and Britain in 1956
Suriname Suriname 25 November Independence Day. Independence from the Netherlands in 1975
Swaziland Swaziland 06 September Independence Day.
Sweden Sweden 06 June National Day. Commemorates the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, seen as the foundation of Sweden
Switzerland Switzerland 01 August National Day. Alliance against the Holy Roman Empire 1291, between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden
Syria Syria 17 April Evacuation Day. Commemorating the evacuation of the last French soldier and independence on April 17, 1946
Taiwan Taiwan 10 October Double Tenth Day. Commemorating the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that led to the founding of the Republic of China
Tajikistan Tajikistan 09 September Independence Day.
Tanzania Tanzania 09 December Independence Day. Independence from the UK in 1961 of Tanganyika
Thailand Thailand 05 December HM The Kings Birthday. Dec 5 or following Mon if it falls on a weekend. Birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyade
Togo Togo 27 April Independence Day. Independence from the French-administered UN trusteeship in 1960
Tonga Tonga 03 June Emancipation Day. Abolition of serfdom in 1862
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 31 August Independence Day.
Tunisia Tunisia 20 March Independence Day. Declaration of independence from France 1956
Turkey Turkey 29 October Republic Day. Cumhuriyet Bayrami. Republican constitution in 1923
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 27 October Independence Day. Declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
Tuvalu Tuvalu 01 October Independence Day. Independence from the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) in 1975
Uganda Uganda 09 October Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
Ukraine Ukraine 24 August Independence Day. Independence from the Soviet Union 1991
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 02 December National Day. Formation of federation of seven emirates on independence from the UK in 1971
United States United States 04 July Independence Day. Marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776
United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands 31 March Transfer Day. Transfer of the islands from Denmark to the United States in 1917
Uruguay Uruguay 25 August Independence Day. Día de la Independencia. Declaration of independence from Brazil 1825
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 01 September Independence Day.
Vanuatu Vanuatu 30 July Independence Day. Independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980
Vatican City Vatican City 11 February Lateran Treaty Day. Marks an agreement with the Kingdom of Italy in 1929
Venezuela Venezuela 05 July Independence Day.
Vietnam Vietnam 02 September National Day. Declaration of independence from France and China in 1945
Wales, United Kingdom Wales, United Kingdom 01 March St. David's Day. St David is the patron saint of Wales
Yemen Yemen 22 May National Day. North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen 1990
Zambia Zambia 24 October Independence Day. Declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 18 April Independence Day. Declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1980


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