Independence Day in Brazil in 2024

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  Dates of Independence Day in Brazil
2025 Brazil Sun, Sep 7 National Holiday
2024 Brazil Sat, Sep 7 National Holiday
2023 Brazil Thu, Sep 7 National Holiday
2022 Brazil Wed, Sep 7 National Holiday
2021 Brazil Tue, Sep 7 National Holiday

On September 7th 1822, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcântara, the son of the Portuguese King

  Local name
Dia da Independência

When is Brazilian Independence Day?

Independence Day is a public holiday in Brazil and is always celebrated on September 7th. This is Brazil's National Day. In Portuguese, it is called 'Dia da Independência' and may also be known as 'Sete de Setembro' (7 September) or 'Dia da Pátria' (Nation Day).

History of Brazilian Independence Day

On September 7th 1822, a declaration of independence from Portugal was made by Pedro di Alcântara, the 23-year-old son of the Portuguese King. He famously declared, "Independência ou Morte!" (Independence or Death) by the banks of the Ipiranga River in São Paulo.

Brazil had been a colony of Portugal since the 16th century. In 1807 France had invaded Portugal and the Portuguese royal family had escaped to Brazil. in 1815, Brazil was given equal kingdom status with Portugal. By 1820, the French had withdrawn from Portugal and the royal family.

Alcântara, better known as Dom Pedro I, became the first emperor of Brazil and ruled from 1823 until 1831.

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Brazil became a republic on November 15th 1889 but kept September 7th as its Independence Day. Independence Day has been a federal holiday in Brazil since 1949.

Did you know?

The 27 stars on the blue globe represent the 27 states of Brazil. Though several stars have been added over the years, the stars are arranged to match the night sky over Rio de Janeiro on the evening of November 15th 1889.

 The green on the flag stands for the nation’s lush forests, the yellow represents wealth, and the deep blue symbolizes that Brazil is at the centre of its own universe. 

On this day there are celebrations in the capital, Brasilia, with military parades, air shows, musical concerts and fireworks in the evening. Parties and parades will also take place in most state capitals.

Many schools in Brazil celebrate Independence Day with special programs, performances, and educational activities. Students often participate in parades and presentations.

Independence Day is an occasion for Brazilians to express their love and pride for their country. Many people display the national flag and engage in patriotic activities.

Feliz Sete de Setembro!

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Three facts about Independence Day

Brasilia was founded on 21 April 1960 to be the new national capital. Brasilia looks like an aeroplane when viewed from above - it was planned this way rather than it being a coincidence.

Sao Paulo has the largest economy by GDP of any city in the Southern Hemisphere (and 11th overall).

The Amazon River is the world's largest by volume of water discharged. Around 209,000 cubic metres per second flow into the Atlantic Ocean – more than the next seven largest rivers combined. During the wet season the river is up to 30 miles wide.

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