Macedonian Independence Day 2019

National and public holidays in Macedonia National Holiday in Macedonia

Macedonia marks its independence from Yugoslavia on 8 September each year

When is Macedonian Independence Day?

How long until Independence Day Holiday?
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Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Tuesday September 8th
2018 Saturday September 8th
2017 Friday September 8th
2016 Thursday September 8th
2015 Tuesday September 8th
1 Day
Local Name
Den na nezavisnosta
The Republic of Macedonia gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, where it was a federal state

Independence day in Macedonia is celebrated on 8 September. If 8 September falls on a weekend, a different day is usually proclaimed to observe the holiday.

This holiday is Macedonia's National Day and is known in Macedonian as 'Den na nezavisnosta'. This holiday marks the date of the 1991 Referendum for Independence.

History of Macedonian Independence Day

During the Second World War, Macedonia was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which was being occupied by Axis powers consisting of Bulgarian, German, Italian, and Albanian forces.

After the end of the war, there was reaction to the fascist occupation, resulting in an overwhelming victory for the communists in the elections of 1945. This led to the creation of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, with Macedonia as a federal state within Yugoslavia.

Yugoslavia started to break apart in June 1991, when Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence. This prompted the Referendum for Independence in Macedonia that took place on 8 September 1991. Over 95.5% of the voters in the Referendum voted for Independence.

The results were announced on 18 September 1991 and on 25 September 1991, the independence of the Republic of Macedonia was declared with a new constitution adopted in November 1991.

This day has been a public holiday since 1991.

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