International Countries and National Independence Day

International Countries Independence Days

Many countries worldwide commemorate the date when they gained independence after being part of another state or colony. The annual holiday is called independence day and each country celebrates the specific date it achieved its freedom.

Definition: Independence or National Days are perhaps the most important day for a country to commemorate as a national holiday.
For many nations the date is the country's day of independence, often in hard fought battles to claim their freedom.
Some national holidays commemorate a significant day in the history of the country, or the birth of a national hero who helped establish the day the country's independence was declared.

The following list signifies the month each country listed below celebrates Independence Day, National Day or other significant day.

January
Camaroon - January 1
Haiti - January 1
Western Samoa - January 1
Sudan - January 1
Burma - January 4
Chad - January 11
Australia - January 26
Nauru - January 31
February
Ceylon/Sri Lanka - February 4
New Zealand - February 6
Grenada - February 7
Iran - February 11
Gambia - February 18
Saint Lucia - February 22
Dominican Republic - February 27
March
Wales - March 1
Morocco - March 3
Mauritius - March 12
Ireland - March 17
Liechtenstein - March 19
Pakistan - March 23
Greece - March 25
Bangladesh - March 26
April
Hungary - April 4
Senegal - April 4
Denmark - April 16
Syria - April 17
Zimbabwe - April 18
Austria - April 27
Sierra Leone - April 27
Togo - April 27
Japan - April 29
The Netherlands - April 30
Israel - April or May
May
Czechoslovakia - May 9
Laos - May 11
Paraguay - May 14
Israel - May 15
Norway - May 17
Cuba - May 20
Argentina - May 25
Jordan - May 25
Guyana - May 26
June
Tunisia - June 1
Italy - June 2
Seychelles - June 5
Sweden - June 6
Portugal - June 10
Philippines - Independence Day June 12
Iceland - June 17
Kuwait - June 19
Luxembourg - June 23
Croatia - June 25
Mozambique - June 25
Madagascar - June 26
Djibouti - June 27
Republic of Congo - June 30
Zaire - June 30
July
Burundi - July 1
Canada - July 1
Rwanda - July 1
Somalia - July 1
United States of America - July 4
Venezuela - July 5
Malawi - July 6
Argentina - July 9
Bahamas - July 10
Mongolia - July 11
Sao Tome and Principe - July 12
France - July 14
Iraq - July 14
South Korea - July 17
Colombia - July 20
Belgium - July 21
Poland - July 22
Egypt - July 23
Ethiopia - July 23
Liberia - July 26
Maldive Islands - July 26
Peru - July 28
August
Dahomey - August 1
Switzerland - August 1
Upper Volta - August 5
Bolivia - August 6
Jamaica - First Monday in August
Ivory Coast - August 7
Singapore - August 9
Ecuador - August 10
Pakistan - August 14
Republic of Congo - August 15
India - August 15
Cyprus - August 16
Gabon - August 17
Indonesia - August 17
Afghanistan - August 18
Rumania - August 23
Uruguay - August 25
Trinidad and Tobago - August 31
Malaysia - August 31
September
Libya - September 1
Vietnam - September 2
Qatar - September 3
San Marino - September 3
Swaziland - September 6
Brazil - September 7
Andorra - September 8
North Korea - September 9
Bulgaria - September 9
Costa Rica - September 15
El Salvador - September 15
Guatemala - September 15
Honduras - September 15
Nicaragua - September 15
Mexico - September 16
Papua New Guinea - September 16
Chile - September 18
Belize - September 21
Malta - September 21
Mali - September 22
Saudi Arabia - September 23
Yemen - September 26
Botswana - September 30
October
People's Republic of China - October 1-2
Nigeria - October 1
Guinea - October 2
Lesotho October 4
Fiji - October 7
Germany - October 3 1990
Uganda - October 9
Republic of China/Taiwan - October 10
Spain - October 12
Zambia - October 24
Iran - October 26
South Vietnam - October 26
St Vincent and Grenadines - October 27
Turkey - October 29
November
Algeria - November 1
Panama - November 3
Dominica - November 3
Soviet Union - November 7
Cambodia - November 9
Angola - November 11
Rhodesia - November 11
Saudi Arabia - November 12
Comoros - November 12
Monaco - November 19
Lebanon - November 22
Suriname - November 25
Albania - November 28
Mauritania - November 28
Southern Yemen - November 29
Yugoslavia - November 29-30
Barbados - November 30
December
Central African Republic - December 1
Thailand - December 5
Finland - December 6
Tanzania - December 9
Upper Volta - December 11
Kenya - December 12
Niger - December 18
Nepal - December 21

Independence Day Celebration

An Independence Day celebration can include different events and festivities depending on the particular country that is celebrating. Many countries celebrate Independence Day with festive parades, firework displays and picnics.

America Independence Day

The America Independence Day is also called July 4th or the Fourth Of July. The US celebrates the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 when they gained freedom from Great Britain.

The United States Independence Day is a very important celebration for all Americans. The event is a national holiday that allows Americans all across the country to participate in the parades, family picnics and barbeques. The evening usually ends with a large fireworks display and the singing of popular patriotic songs.

Independence Day Songs and Cast

Many countries sing an Independence Day Song to show their patriotism during this national holiday. For example, Chileans sing national songs called cuecas on September 18, Greeks sing Bouzouki songs on March 25 and Americans sing patriotic songs such as Stars & Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful and God Bless America.

Many countries also celebrate their independence by staging plays. An Independence Day cast re-enacts the important events leading up to their country's freedom.

History On Independence Day

The history on Independence Day varies for each country. For example, the US used to consist of 13 colonies ruled by King George III of England. After years of unrest and threat of war, a committee was formed to draft an official Declaration of Independence. John Hancock was the last member to sign the document, and copies were distributed throughout the country the next day. The US proclaimed July 4 as their official Independence Day. Since the early 1800's, Americans have celebrated this important holiday with picnics, fireworks and barbeques.