Independence Day in Venezuela in 2020

Independence Day in Venezuela in 2020
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 348 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Venezuela
2021Venezuela Mon, Jul 5National Holiday
2020Venezuela Sun, Jul 5National Holiday
2019Venezuela Fri, Jul 5National Holiday
2018Venezuela Thu, Jul 5National Holiday
2017Venezuela Wed, Jul 5National Holiday
  Summary
Signing of the 1811 Venezuelan Declaration of Independence marking the first independent nation of South America, also Armed Forces Day
  Local name
Cinco de julio

When is Independence Day in Venezuela?

Independence Day is a public holiday in Venezuela. It is observed on 5th July.

Known in Spanish as 'Diade Independencia' or 'Cinco de julio', this day is the National Day of Venezuela and commemorates the signing of the 1811 Venezuelan Declaration of Independence.

History of Independence Day in Venezuela

The long revolutionary road to the end of European rule of Latin America began in Venezuela on 5 July 1811. Rebelling against high taxes and a lack of self-rule, Venezuelan colonists led by Fransisco de Miranda took advantage of Napoleon's invasion of Spain and declared independence from Spain.

The Spanish resisted the movement for independence and this first revolution was quashed in 1812. However, this first declaration of independence was the spark for a nationalist movement that would result in independence under the leadership of Simon Bolivar in 1821.

By the start of the twentieth century, the fervour for independence had spread across the Americas. Today, the French overseas department of Guiana is the only remaining territory under European political control in the region.

This day is also celebrated as Armed Forces Day in Venezuela.

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