Independence Day in Peru in 2019

Independence Day in Peru in 2019
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 6 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Peru
2021Jul 28, Jul 29
PeruThu, Jul 29National Holiday (additional day)
PeruWed, Jul 28National Holiday
2020Jul 27, Jul 28, Jul 29
PeruWed, Jul 29National Holiday (additional day)
PeruTue, Jul 28National Holiday
PeruMon, Jul 27National Holiday (bridge day)
2019Jul 28, Jul 29
PeruMon, Jul 29National Holiday (additional day)
PeruSun, Jul 28National Holiday
2018Jul 27, Jul 28, Jul 29
PeruSun, Jul 29National Holiday (additional day)
PeruSat, Jul 28National Holiday
PeruFri, Jul 27Government Holiday
2017Jul 28, Jul 29
PeruSat, Jul 29National Holiday (additional day)
PeruFri, Jul 28National Holiday
Marks the declaration of independence from Spain in 1821
  Local name
Fiestas Patrias

When is it?

Known as 'Fiestas Patrias', this holiday is always celebrated on 28 July and marks Peru's declaration of independence from Spain in 1821.

The holiday lasts for two days. If 28 July falls on a Tuesday, then the Monday may be given as a bridge holiday.

History of the holiday

Peru was first colonised by the Spanish in the 15th century. Despite the wars of independence being fought across Latin America in the early 19th century, Peru remained loyal to the Spanish crown. There had been some insurrection but this had been quashed by the government.

The Viceroy of Peru then initiated a military campaign against Chile and their fight for independence. Despite some early success, the tide turned against the Viceroy and the Royalist forces. Argentina and Chile then signed a treaty to peruse the 'liberation' of Peru. On entering Lima, the Argentinian commander, Jose San Martin declared the independence of Peru on 28 July 1821.

However, it wasn't until 1824, following the decisive victory came at the Battle of Ayacucho, under the leadership of Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin, that independence was achieved.

How is it celebrated?

Celebrations usually begin on the evening of 27 July with folk music played across parks and plazas in Peru.

On 28 July, the celebrations are patriotic, with 21-gun salutes and a flag raising ceremony in the capital, Lima.

The second day of the holiday focuses on celebrating the Armed Forces and the National Police of Peru and is marked by a large military parade,

In the south of Peru, festivities begin on St. James' Day, 25 July.

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