Separation Day around the world in 2019

Separation Day around the world in 2019
  How long until Separation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 18 days.
  Dates of Separation Day around the world
2021 PanamaNov 3
Panama Wed, Nov 3National Holiday
2020 PanamaNov 3
Panama Tue, Nov 3National Holiday
2019 PanamaNov 3
Panama Sun, Nov 3National Holiday
2018 PanamaNov 3
Panama Sat, Nov 3National Holiday
2017 PanamaNov 3
Panama Fri, Nov 3National Holiday
Declaration of independence from Colombia in 1903

When is Separation Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on 3 November. Known as Separation Day, this holiday celebrates the independence of Panama from Colombia in 1903. It is Panama's National Day.

Panama has an Independence Day public holiday on 28 November, but that holiday marks independence from Spain in 1821.

History of Separation Day

Though home to indigenous tribes, Panama came under Spanish control with the arrival of settlers in the 16th century. From 1538 until 1821 Panama was governed as part of the Viceroyalty of Peru.

On 28 November 1821, Panama become independent from Spain as the region was a department within the Republic of Greater Colombia.

Despite this first step towards independence, Panamanians had a enduring desire to become their own nation, coming close to independence from Colombia in 1831, when Ecuador and Venezuela left Gran Colombia.

In 1903, Colombia and Panama disagreed on whether the U.S. should be allowed to build a canal across Panama. With the support of the U.S., Panama broke away from Colombia on 3 November 1903.

The canal was completed in 1914, and the area around the canal remained U.S. territory until 1979 and final U.S. involvement only ceased on 31 December 1999.

How is Separation Day Celebrated?

Celebrations across the country will include firework displays and parades, especially in the capital, Panama City.

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