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Dates of Independence Day
|Дзень Незалежнасці Рэспублікі Беларусь|
|Adopted in 1996, in commemoration of the Red Army's 1944 liberation of Minsk during the Minsk Offensive|
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.
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).
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.