When is Guatemalan Independence Day?
How long until Independence Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 117 Days.|
Dates of Independence Day
|Día de la Independencia|
|Commemorates independence from Spain in 1821|
This public holiday is Guatemala's National Day and is always celebrated on 15 September.
Independence Day in Guatemala commemorates the independence of the Central American provinces from Spanish rule in 1821.
History of Guatemalan Independence Day
The territory of modern Guatemala was once the heart of the Maya civilization, which extended across Mesoamerica.
Most of the country was conquered by the Spainish Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado in the first half of the 16th century, becoming part of the viceroyalty of New Spain.
Did you know?
Guatemala was the original source for potatoes, corn, chili peppers, and avocados.
In the first decade of the nineteenth century, Spain had been weakened by its involvement in the Peninsular War in Europe and local juntas had been created as local Spanish had revolted against the rule of King Joseph, Napoleon's brother who was installed as ruler of Spain by the French in 1808.
This taste for independent rule persisted after King Ferdinand came to the Spanish throne and on 15 September 1821, the Act of Independence of Central America was declared by the Province of Guatemala.
Following independence and despite opposition from El Salvador, the regions became part of the Mexican Empire, until they ceded to become the Federal Republic of Central America in 1823.