Liberian Independence Day 2019

Liberia Public Holiday in Liberia

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When is Liberian Independence Day?

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Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday July 27
2020 Sunday July 26
2019 Friday July 26
2018 Thursday July 26
1 Day
Marks the proclamation of independence from the United States on 26 July 1847

This national holiday in Liberia is celebrated on 26 July each year.

This is the National Day of Liberia and commemorates Liberia's Independence from the USA and adoption of the constitution on 26 July 1847.

History of Liberian Independence Day

The Republic of Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonization Society (ACS), who believed black people would face better chances for freedom in Africa than in the United States.

Between 1822 and 1861, thousands of free blacks were relocated to the settlement at Cape Mesurado on the Pepper Coast of West Africa. In 1824 the colony was named Liberia, and the main settlement was named Monrovia, which remains the present-day capital.

Did You Know?

Monrovia is named in honour of U.S. President James Monroe, who supported the colonization of Liberia by the American Colonization Society. This makes it the only other national capital to be named after a U.S. President; Washington, D.C. being the other.

The settlers faced immense hardships in the initial years with atrocious mortality rates due to disease and conflict with the indigenous peoples. Within twenty years, the colony had grown and established economic stability.

On 26 July 1847, the settlers issued a Declaration of Independence and promulgated a constitution. The constitution was heavily based on the United States Constitution and established the independent Republic of Liberia. The United Kingdom was the first country to recognise Liberia's independence, the United States only recognised Liberia's independence in 1862 during the American Civil War.

Liberia was the first African republic to proclaim its independence, and is Africa's first and oldest modern republic, maintaining independence despite the colonial expansion in Africa in the late nineteenth century.

Under the "Energetic and Social Observances Law", Title 26, Liberian Code of Laws of 1956, 26 July every year is put aside as an open holiday to be known as "Independence Day" and fittingly celebrated.

Each year, the President makes a proclamation for the holiday, usually a few days before 26 July.

Did you know?

The current president of Liberia is George Weah, who was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.

Sources: Wikipedia, The Executive Mansion, Encyclopaedia Brittanica

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