Army Day in Guatemala in 2021

Army Day in Guatemala in 2021
Soldiers participate in the military parade on Army Day 2019. Image via Guatemala Ministry of Defence

  Dates of Army Day in Guatemala
2022 Guatemala Thu, Jun 30 National Holiday
2021 Guatemala Wed, Jun 30 National Holiday
2020 Guatemala Mon, Jun 29 National Holiday (in lieu)
2019 Guatemala Sun, Jun 30 National Holiday
2018 Guatemala Sat, Jun 30 National Holiday
  Summary
A day to honour the armed forces of Guatemala on the anniversary of the Liberal Revolution of 1871.
  Local name
Día del Ejército de Guatemala

When is Army Day?

Army Day (Día del Ejército de Guatemala) is a national holiday in the Central American country of Guatemala on June 30th each year. If June 30th falls on a weekend, the date of the observed holiday may be moved.

History of Army Day

From 1865, Guatemala had been under the dictatorship of Vicente Cerna. Cerna's persecution of liberal party members, eventually resulted in the Liberal Revolution, which began with a revolt in Guatemala City on June 30th 1871.

One key action after the revolution had toppled Cerna, was the modernisation of the armed forces.

For a period, this holiday was called Revolution Day, but it's impact on the armed forces, led it to become the official holiday commemorating the role of the army in protecting and serving the nation.

As you might imagine, the day is marked with a military parade. All branches of the armed forces participate in the parade.

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