Liberation Day in Czech Republic in 2024

Liberation Day in Czech Republic in 2024
Charles Bridge, Prague. Image by Jay Dantinne , via Unsplash
  How long until Liberation Day?
Liberation Day
  Dates of Liberation Day in Czech Republic
2025 Czech Republic Thu, May 8 National Holiday
2024 Czech Republic Wed, May 8 National Holiday
2023 Czech Republic Mon, May 8 National Holiday
2022 Czech Republic Sun, May 8 National Holiday
2021 Czech Republic Sat, May 8 National Holiday

Victory in Europe Day marks May 8th 1945 when the Allies formally accepted an unconditional surrender by the armed forces of Germany

  Local name
Den osvobození
  Liberation Day in other countries
Liberation Day internationally
Related holidays

Liberation Day in Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, this national holiday is also known as Liberation from Fascism Day or Day of Victory (Den vítězství). The day commemorates the Prague Uprising as well as the liberation of Czechoslovakia by Allied Forces.

When is VE Day?

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) is commemorated on May 8th.

It is a national holiday in France known as 'Victoire 1945' or 'La fête de la victoire' and the day is also celebrated as a holiday in several other countries in Europe.

History of VE Day

Victory in Europe Day marks May 8th 1945, on which day the second world war Allies formally accepted an unconditional surrender by the armed forces of Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, after six years of the bloodiest conflict in human history.

On April 30th 1945, Hitler had committed suicide during the Battle for Berlin.

The surrender of Germany was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany, Karl Dönitz.

The administration headed up by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg government. Hitler had committed suicide a week earlier leaving Grand Admiral Donitz of the German army to admit defeat.

The act of military surrender was signed on May 7th 1945 in Reims, France, and May 8th 1945 in Berlin, Germany.

It was not until August that year that Japan surrendered after the US dropped the first two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Second World War came to an end six years and one day after it started on September 2nd 1945, when official surrender documents were signed on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay by the Japanese.

In 2020, the Early May Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom was moved to May 8th to mark the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. The same change happened in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of V-E Day. 

In Russia and some other East European countries, this event is marked on Victory day on May 9th. It is a day later as the treaty was signed at 10.30 pm in the evening in Reims, to come into effect at 11.01 pm. As Russia is one hour ahead of Western Europe, this meant it was already May 9th in Russia.

Initially, this day was celebrated on May 9th in Slovakia but is now observed on May 8th.

Did you know?

The Times newspaper front page was reserved for adverts until 1966, so the end of the second world war on VE Day was page 6 news.

In Ukraine from 2015, May 8th was designated as a day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, but it is not a public holiday.

Traditions of Liberation from Fascism Day in Czech Republic

Events are held across the Czech Republic to commemorate Victory day. Senior politicians will lay wreaths at the National Memorial on Vítkov Hill.

Soldiers from Czechoslovakia fought on both the Western and Eastern fronts during World War Two.

Most shops and local stores will be closed for the public holiday; check ahead for schedules at tourist attractions.

A law that came into effect at the end of 2016 specifies eight national holidays when stores larger than 200 square meters have to stay closed applies to this holiday.

Translate this page