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When is Independence Day?
How long until Independence Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 44 Days.|
Dates of Independence Day
|Marks independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992.|
Independence Day is a provincial holiday celebrated in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It is observed on the Monday closest to 12 July.
History of Independence Day
Following the end of the First World War and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the South Slav Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was renamed Yugoslavia.
After an economic and political crisis in the 1980s and the rise of nationalism, Yugoslavia broke up along its republics' borders at the start of the 1990s.
A declaration of the sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina took place on 15 October 1991 was followed by a referendum for independence on 1 March 1992. The turnout in the referendum was 63.4 percent and 99.7 percent of voters voted for independence.
Bosnia and Herzegovina duly declared independence on 3 March 1992 and was admitted as a member state of the United Nations on 22 May 1992.
Within Bosnia and Herzegovina, Independence Day is a public holiday only in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is not a public holiday in Republika Srpska.