Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day around the world in 2019

Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 29 days.
  Dates of Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day around the world
2021 Saint Kitts and NevisSep 19, Sep 20
Saint Kitts and Nevis Mon, Sep 20National Holiday (in lieu)
Saint Kitts and Nevis Sun, Sep 19National Holiday
2020 Saint Kitts and NevisSep 19
Saint Kitts and Nevis Sat, Sep 19National Holiday
2019 Saint Kitts and NevisSep 19
Saint Kitts and Nevis Thu, Sep 19National Holiday
2018 Saint Kitts and NevisSep 19
Saint Kitts and Nevis Wed, Sep 19National Holiday
  Summary
Saint Kitts and Nevis gained independence from the United Kingdom on September 19, 1983

When is Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day?

Independence Day is a public holiday in Saint Kitts and Nevis and is observed on 19th September.

Independence Day takes place a few days after National Heroes' Day and depending on which days of the week these holidays fall on, either holiday may be extended.

This is the National Day of Saint Kitts and Nevis and commemorates independence from the United Kingdom on 19 September 1983.

History of Saint Kitts and Nevis Independence Day

During his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus landed on Saint Kitts and named the island after his patron saint, Christopher.

The British in 1623 and the French in 1624 were the first Europeans who settled on the islands. This initiated a period of France, Spain and Britain wrestling for control of the islands in the region with Britain emerging victorious when France ceded the territory in 1713.

Did you know?

Saint Kitts was the first British colony in the Caribbean, earning it the title of "The Mother Colony of the West Indies".

In 1871, Saint Kitts, Nevis and nearby Anguilla were united as a British dependency.

St Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla became Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, an internally self-governing member of the West Indies Associated States in 1967.

Anguillan resentment against this political decision resulting in the people of Anguilla marching on the Police Headquarters and evicting the Royal Saint Kitts Police Force from the island in May 1967. Anguilla was then placed under direct rule, before leaving the union with Saint Kitts and Nevis in 1980.

On 19 September 1983, Saint Kitts and Nevis attained independence within the British Commonwealth with Kennedy Simmonds as prime minister.

Did you know?

Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest country in the Americas and the Western Hemisphere.

Independence Day celebrations begins with a concert the night before. The main celebrations are in the capital, Basseterre where a Community Festival takes place over two days. The streets are filled with a Carnival atmosphere with  music, calypso shows, and parades of dancers in colourful costumes.

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