Independence Day in Uruguay

Uruguaycelebrates its independence from Brazil on 25 August National Holiday of Uruguay

Uruguay National Holidays

When is Uruguay Independence Day?

How long until Independence day?
This holiday next takes place in 98 Days.
What date is Independence day?
Year Weekday Date
2020 Friday August 28th
2019 Sunday August 25th
2018 Saturday August 25th
2017 Friday August 25th
2016 Thursday August 25th
1 Day
Independence from the Empire of Brazil in 1825 following the end of the Argentina-Brazil War

Known as 'Día de la Independencia' in Spanish, Independence Day is Uruguay's National Day and is always celebrated on 25 August.

This public holiday marks Uruguay's independence from Brazil in 1825.

History of Uruguay Independence Day

The region now known as Uruguay lay on the Eastern bank ('Banda Oriental') of the River Plate and had passed through English, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian control in a short period at the start of the nineteenth century.

When Brazil gained its independence from Portugal in 1822, Banda Oriental had become a province of Brazil.

On 25 August 1825, following a short period of rebellion, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. This instigated the Argentina - Brazil War. The conflict lasted until August 1828, when the British negotiated a resolution that led to Brazil recognising Uruguay's independence.

To mark the holiday, various patriotic ceremonies take place in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

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