Republic Day In Ghana

Ghana Holiday in Ghana

Ghanaian Republic Day talkes place on 3 July

When is Ghanaian Republic Day?

How long until Republic Day?
This holiday next takes place in 66 Days.
Dates of Republic Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Wednesday July 1st
2019 Monday July 1st
2018 Monday July 2nd
2018 Sunday July 1st
2017 Monday July 3rd
1 Day
On 1 July 1960, Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana proclaimed a republic and became its first president

This holiday is celebrated on 1st July.

Until 2019, Republic Day was a public holiday. Under the Public Holiday Amendment Bill which was passed in March 2019, Republic Day becomes a commemorative day.

This holiday commemorates Ghana becoming a republic on 1 July 1960.

History of Ghanaian Republic Day

Before the arrival of Europeans, Ghana was the location of the Ashanti, a powerful tribe in the region. The area had an abundance of natural resources, including gold and ivory, which attracted the attention of colonists. While the Portuguese had been the first to establish a settlement in the region, the attractiveness of the local riches led to a struggle for control between many European nations. In 1874, Britain took control over parts of the country, naming them the British Gold Coast.

Weakened by the efforts of World War II and a rising desire for independence, Britain began the process of reducing its colonies around the world, including those Africa.

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence, on 6 March 1957.

Three years later, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr Kwame was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republic was proclaimed on 1 July 1960.

How is Ghanaian Republic Day Celebrated?

Republic day has also become Senior Citizens' Day, a day to recognise the efforts and contributions of senior citizens to modern Ghana.


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