When is Uruguay Independence Day?
How long until Independence day?
|This holiday next takes place in 98 Days.|
What date is Independence 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.
Did you know?
Uruguay is the only country in Latin America which is entirely outside the tropics, being south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
Uruguay used to play Test Cricket. English sailors introduced cricket to Uruguay in the 19th century. There was a Test side which played Argentina many times between 1868 and World War II.
The name Uruguay comes from the river Uruguay and means 'river of painted birds.'
Montevideo is the third most southerly capital city in the world. Only Wellington (New Zealand) and Canberra (Australia) are further south.
The first ever FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930.