Independence Day in Uruguay in 2021

Independence Day in Uruguay in 2021

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  Dates of Independence Day in Uruguay
2023 Uruguay Fri, Aug 25 National Holiday
2022 Uruguay Thu, Aug 25 National Holiday
2021 Uruguay Wed, Aug 25 National Holiday
2020 Uruguay Tue, Aug 25 National Holiday
2019 Uruguay Sun, Aug 25 National Holiday

Independence from the Empire of Brazil in 1825 following the end of the Argentina-Brazil War

  Local name
Día de la Independencia

When is Uruguay Independence Day?

Known as 'Día de la Independencia', this public holiday in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay is always celebrated on August 25th.

It is Uruguay's National Day and marks Uruguay's independence from Brazil in 1825.

History of Uruguay Independence Day

The region now known as Uruguay lay on the Eastern bank ('Banda Oriental') of the River Plate and had passed through English, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian control in a short period at the start of the nineteenth century.

When Brazil gained its independence from Portugal in 1822., Banda Oriental had become a province of Brazil.

On August 25th 1825, following a short period of rebellion, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. This instigated the Argentina- Brazil War. The conflict lasted until August 1828, when the British negotiated a resolution that led to Brazil recognising Uruguay's independence.

Did you know?

Uruguay means "River of the Painted Birds" in Guarani.

To mark the holiday, various patriotic ceremonies take place in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.


To celebrate Uruguay's National Day, we recommend making Chivito. This steak and egg sandwich is one of the most popular foods in Uruguay and can be found in countless restaurants and street food vendors. Chivito, which means little goat in Spanish, is a sandwich with a thin steak, egg, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mozzarella. The sandwich is traditionally topped with Salsa Golf which is a mixture of ketchup and mustard and served atop a plain white bun.

Chivito Recipe

Did you know?

Three facts about Independence Day

Uruguay is the only country in Latin America which is entirely outside the tropics, being south of the Tropic of Capricorn.

Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, only Suriname is smaller.

The name Uruguay comes from the river Uruguay and means 'river of painted birds.'

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