How long until Independence Restoration Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 89 Days.|
Dates of Independence Restoration Day
|In 1991 Estonia re-established independence after the end of the Soviet Union|
Known in Estonian as 'Tasiseseisvumispäev', this public holiday is always celebrated on 20 August.
Following the growth of a strong independence movement in the late 1980s, Estonia officially declared its independence from the former Soviet Republic on 20 August 1991.
On 20 August 1991 there was an attempted coup in Moscow by hard-line Communist Party members. Russian troops had arrived in Tallinn to support the coup but Estonian volunteers organised protection of the television broadcast tower, so that TV channels couldn't be taken over by the hardliners. Later that evening, the Estonian government proclaimed the restoration of Estonian independence.
By 6 September 1991, independence had been formally recognised by the former Soviet Union.