Ukrainian Independence Day

Ukraine National Holiday of the Ukraine

Ukraine National Holidays

When is Ukrainian Independence Day?

How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 94 Days.
Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday August 24th
2019 Saturday August 24th
2018 Friday August 24th
2017 Thursday August 24th
2016 Wednesday August 24th
1 Day
Local Name
День незалежності України
Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of 1991

Known as 'День незалежності України', this holiday is Ukraine's National Day and is always celebrated on 24 August.

Independence Day marks Ukraine's declaration of independence from the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

History of Ukrainian Independence Day

The start of the 1990s saw the collapse of the Soviet Union. On 16 July 1990, the Ukrainian government had declared state sovereignty.

In August 1991, there was a failed coup to restore communist rule in the Soviet Union. As a result of the attempted coup and increasing fears about a return to Soviet rule, the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 24 August 1991.

A condition of the declaration was that a national referendum should take place on 1 December 1991. Despite outside concerns that the Ukraine could split into east and west, the turnout was over 80% and the result of the referendum was that over 92% voted in favour of their independence.

For some, the referendum of 1 December is seen as a more important date than the declaration of independence as it showed Ukraine's unity in wanting independence.

Did you know?

Ukraine's flag is two horizontal bands of blue and yellow. The blue represents the sky and the yellow represents fields of wheat.

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