Independence Day in Ukraine in 2019

Independence Day in Ukraine in 2019
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 36 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Ukraine
2021Ukraine Tue, Aug 24National Holiday
2020Ukraine Mon, Aug 24National Holiday
2019Aug 24, Aug 26
UkraineMon, Aug 26National Holiday (additional day)
UkraineSat, Aug 24National Holiday
2018Ukraine Fri, Aug 24National Holiday
2017Aug 24, Aug 25
UkraineFri, Aug 25National Holiday (bridge day)
UkraineThu, Aug 24National Holiday
  Summary
Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of 1991
  Local name
День Незалежності

When is Ukrainian Independence Day?

Known as 'День незалежності України', this holiday is Ukraine's National Day and is always celebrated on 24 August and marks Ukraine's declaration of independence from the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

History of Ukrainian Independence Day

The start of the 1990s saw the collapse of the Soviet Union. On 16 July 1990, the Ukrainian government had declared state sovereignty.

In August 1991, there was a failed coup to restore communist rule in the Soviet Union. As a result of the attempted coup and increasing fears about a return to Soviet rule, the Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 24 August 1991.

A condition of the declaration was that a national referendum should take place on 1 December 1991. Despite outside concerns that the Ukraine could split into east and west, the turnout was over 80% and the result of the referendum was that over 92% voted in favour of their independence.

For some, the referendum of 1 December is seen as a more important date than the declaration of independence as it showed Ukraine's unity in wanting independence.

Did you know?

Ukraine's flag is two horizontal bands of blue and yellow. The blue represents the sky and the yellow represents fields of wheat.

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