Constitution Day in Cook Islands in 2023

Constitution Day in Cook Islands in 2023
Flag of the Cook Islands. Image by jorono , via Pixabay

  How long until Constitution Day?
Constitution Day
  Dates of Constitution Day in Cook Islands
2024 Aug 4, Aug 5
Cook IslandsMon, Aug 5National Holiday (in lieu)
Cook IslandsSun, Aug 4National Holiday
2023 Cook Islands Fri, Aug 4 National Holiday
2022 Cook Islands Thu, Aug 4 National Holiday
  Summary

Marks the promulgation of the constitution of the Cook Islands on this day in 1965.

When is Constitution Day?

Constitution Day is a public holiday in the Cook Islands and is observed on August 4th each year.

The holiday commemorates the promulgation of the constitution on this day in 1965.

History of Constitution Day

The Cook Islands is a self-governing island country in free association with New Zealand. People inhabited the islands about 1,000 years ago, and the first European contact happened in 1595.

In 1890, the Cook Islands became aligned with the United Kingdom and became part of British dominions in 1900. The United Kingdom made the islands part of the colony of New Zealand one year after.

The islands remained a New Zealand-dependent territory until August 4th 1965, when the constitution was promulgated.

The islands became a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. New Zealand takes care of the foreign affairs and defense of the islands, but it needs to consult with the Cook Islands.

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