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Republic Day in Italy

Quick Facts

Italy’s Republic Day is an annual public holiday on June 2 to commemorates the date Italians voted for their country end the monarchy and become a republic.

Local names

NameLanguage
Festa della RepubblicaItalian
Republic DayEnglish
Tag der Republik (Nationalfeiertag)German

Alternative name

Founding of the Republic

Republic Day 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Republic Day 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
List of dates for other years

Republic Day, also known as Festa della Repubblica in Italian (Festival of the Republic), is a national holiday in Italy on June 2 each year. It celebrates the day when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in 1946 so their country could become a republic.

The Corazzieri (Italian president's guards) prepare for a Republic Day parade in Italy.

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What do people do?

Republic Day is a day off work for many people in Italy. Events include:

Outside Italy, many Italian diplomats in embassies celebrate this day worldwide.

Public life

Republic Day is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check first with the local transport authorities.

Background

On June 2, 1946, many Italians voted in a referendum to rid of the monarchy and for the country to become a republic. The public was hostile to the monarchy, which had supported Benito Mussolini’s rule. Around that time, the Italian royal family was also exiled from Italy.

Symbols

Each year, a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Republic Day. The tomb, which also has an eternal flame, was added to the one of Italy’s largest national monuments, Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), on November 4, 1921. However, the tomb, which was designed by sculptor Alberto Sparapani, was not completed until 1924.

Republic Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SatJun 21990Republic DayNational holiday
SunJun 21991Republic DayNational holiday
TueJun 21992Republic DayNational holiday
WedJun 21993Republic DayNational holiday
ThuJun 21994Republic DayNational holiday
FriJun 21995Republic DayNational holiday
SunJun 21996Republic DayNational holiday
MonJun 21997Republic DayNational holiday
TueJun 21998Republic DayNational holiday
WedJun 21999Republic DayNational holiday
FriJun 22000Republic DayNational holiday
SatJun 22001Republic DayNational holiday
SunJun 22002Republic DayNational holiday
MonJun 22003Republic DayNational holiday
WedJun 22004Republic DayNational holiday
ThuJun 22005Republic DayNational holiday
FriJun 22006Republic DayNational holiday
SatJun 22007Republic DayNational holiday
MonJun 22008Republic DayNational holiday
TueJun 22009Republic DayNational holiday
WedJun 22010Republic DayNational holiday
ThuJun 22011Republic DayNational holiday
SatJun 22012Republic DayNational holiday
SunJun 22013Republic DayNational holiday
MonJun 22014Republic DayNational holiday
TueJun 22015Republic DayNational holiday
ThuJun 22016Republic DayNational holiday
FriJun 22017Republic DayNational holiday
SatJun 22018Republic DayNational holiday
SunJun 22019Republic DayNational holiday
TueJun 22020Republic DayNational holiday

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