Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago in 2024

Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago in 2024
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2025 Trinidad and Tobago Wed, Sep 24 National Holiday
2024 Trinidad and Tobago Tue, Sep 24 National Holiday
2023 Sep 24, Sep 25
Trinidad and TobagoMon, Sep 25National Holiday (in lieu)
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Sep 24National Holiday
2022 Trinidad and Tobago Sat, Sep 24 National Holiday
2021 Trinidad and Tobago Fri, Sep 24 National Holiday

Trinidad and Tobago officially became a republic on Aug. 1, 1976. However, Republic Day is on Sept. 24, when the county’s Parliament convened for the first time. To honor it, people listen to speeches and attend special public events.

When is Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago?

Republic Day is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, observed on September 24th. If Republic Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday.

This holiday commemorates the first session of the parliament on this day in 1976.

History of Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago proclaimed its independence from Britain on August 31st 1962 with Queen Elizabeth II remaining as the head of state.

In 1976, Trinidad and Tobago decided to abolish the monarchy and become a republic within the Commonwealth. On August 1st 1976, the new constitution was promulgated, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was proclaimed, with the last Governor-General, Sir Ellis Clarke, becoming the first President.

The 1st Republican Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago held its first session on September 24th 1976. It is this date that is marked by Republic Day.

In a move to limit the number of public holidays, Republic Day was not celebrated from 1999 to 2001.

Trinidad and Tobago holds its National Awards ceremony on Republic Day to honour citizens who have made a significant contribution to the country. From Independence in 1962 until 2017, the ceremony was held on Independence Day. According to President Carmona, the ceremony was moved to Republic Day as it "would bring greater awareness of the true meaning and importance of the holiday".

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