Independence Day in Belarus in 2024

Independence Day in Belarus in 2024
Liberation of Minsk, 1944 Image by Valentin Volkov
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Independence Day
  Dates of Independence Day in Belarus
2025 Belarus Thu, Jul 3 National Holiday
2024 Belarus Wed, Jul 3 National Holiday
2023 Belarus Mon, Jul 3 National Holiday
2022 Belarus Sun, Jul 3 National Holiday
2021 Belarus Sat, Jul 3 National Holiday

Adopted in 1996, in commemoration of the Red Army's 1944 liberation of Minsk during the Minsk Offensive

  Local name
Dzień Niezaležnasci

When is Independence Day in Belarus?

Independence Day is a public holiday in Belarus. It is observed on 3rd July.

It is the National Day of Belarus and marks the liberation of Minsk on 3 July 1944.

History of Independence Day in Belarus

The independence or national days of most ex-Soviet states takes place on the date that marks that country's independence after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early nineties.

In Belarus, this was the case in 1990 when the Supreme Council of Belarus declared the country to be a sovereign nation free from the USSR on 27 July 1990. This date was celebrated as the Independence Day of Belarus until 1996.

In 1996, Alexander Lukashenko, country's first President oversaw a referendum in which nearly 90% of Belarusians voted to celebrate Independence Day on 3 July. The date was chosen to honour those who fought to free the capital, Minsk from Nazi German occupation during the Great Patriotic War (Second World War).

When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, Belarus was the first to bear the brunt of the attack. On 24 June, Minsk came under massive artillery shelling and air strikes from nearly 150 bombers.

Despite resistance from local fighters, the Germans seized Minsk on 28 June 1941. Not accepting the occupation, the residents began a resistance movement that lasted 1,100 days. The efforts of the citizens helped the armies of the 1st and 3rd Belarusian Fronts with the support of the partisans liberate the Belarusian capital from the invaders on 3 July 1944.

Belarus paid a high price for the freedom; a third of the population was killed during the war.

Independence Day is a tribute to the heroism and endurance of Minskers in their struggle to bring freedom to Belarus.

How is Independence Day in Belarus Celebrated?

The main event of Independence Day is a large military parade in Pobeditilei Avenue, Minsk. In the evening, there will be firworks displays and concerts and events celebrating Belarusian culture.

On Independence Day 2018, President Lukashenko commemorated the holiday, saying "We are celebrating Independence Day, the day that has become the symbol of our free and peaceful life. Belarusians were unanimous in their choice when over 20 years ago they chose 3 July, the day of the liberation of Minsk Hero City from the Nazis, as the country's main national holiday."

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