Independence Day in Guyana in 2020

Independence Day in Guyana in 2020
Flag of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana. Image by DavidRockDesign , via Pixabay
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 190 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Guyana
2021 Guyana Wed, May 26 National Holiday
2020 Guyana Tue, May 26 National Holiday
2019 Guyana Sun, May 26 National Holiday
2018 Guyana Sat, May 26 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks Guyana's independence from the United Kingdom on May 26th 1966

When is Guyana Independence Day?

Independence Day is a national holiday in the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana on May 26th.

This holiday commemorates Guyana gaining its independence on May 26th 1966.

Unusually, this is not Guyana's National Day, that takes place on February 23rd marking the country becoming a republic on that date in 1970.

History of Guyana Independence Day

Christopher Columbus was the first European to sight Guyana during his third voyage in 1498. Sir Walter Raleigh reported on the region in 1596, but it was the Dutch who first established colonies, importing African slaves to work on sugar plantations.

Did you know?

"Guyana" is an Amerindian word, which means "land of many waters".

The British took control of the Dutch colonies during the Napoleonic Wars, creating a single colony known as British Guiana in 1831.

Trade unions formed after the first world war, with political parties emerging after the second world war along with political awareness and demands for independence.

A new constitution heralded the first elections in 1953 and a degree of self-government by the end of the 1950s.

Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on May 26th 1966.

Did you know?

Guyana has the second tallest waterfall in the world. Kaieteur Falls is 741ft high. By comparison, Niagara Falls is only 167ft. 

Its heritage means that Guyana is the only South American nation in which English is the official language.

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