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Constitution Day in Ukraine

Quick Facts

Ukraine’s Constitution Day is a public holiday on June 28 to celebrate the country’s constitution.

Local names

NameLanguage
День Конституции УкраиныRussian
День Конституції УкраїниUkrainian
Constitution DayEnglish
Tag der VerfassungGerman

Constitution Day 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014 – Observed date

Constitution Day 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015 – Observed date
List of dates for other years

A change in Ukraine’s history was made when the country’s Constitution of Independence was adopted on June 28, 1996. Constitution Day is a national holiday to celebrate this historical event. 

Brass bands and parades are part of Ukraine's Constitution Day celebrations.

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What do people do?

Many Ukrainians have the day off on Constitution Day and celebrate it with festivities, such as:

The Ukrainian president usually congratulates the country on Constitution Day.

Public life

Constitution Day is a public holiday across Ukraine, so many businesses, schools, universities and public offices are closed.

Background

After gaining independence in 1991, following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine began drafting a new constitution. The Constitution of Independent Ukraine was adopted on June 28, 1996. This constitution and its adoption established a legal foundation of the independent Ukraine. It was considered progressive in terms of human rights and freedoms for Ukrainians.

Symbols

Many TV and radio stations broadcast Ukraine’s national anthem, which is a state symbol. Shche ne vmerla Ukraina (“Ukraine has not yet perished”) has been the country’s anthem since 1992. Some of the lyrics are based on a poem written by Ukrainian poet Pavlo Chubynsky in 1862. Ukrainian composer Mykhailo Verbytsky then composed music using Chubynsky’s text. The Ukrainian parliament made some changes to the anthem’s wording in 2003.

Constitution Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
FriJun 281996Constitution DayNational holiday
SatJun 281997Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 301997Constitution Day observedNational holiday
SunJun 281998Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 291998Constitution Day observedNational holiday
MonJun 281999Constitution DayNational holiday
WedJun 282000Constitution DayNational holiday
ThuJun 282001Constitution DayNational holiday
FriJun 282002Constitution DayNational holiday
SatJun 282003Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 302003Constitution Day observedNational holiday
MonJun 282004Constitution DayNational holiday
TueJun 282005Constitution DayNational holiday
WedJun 282006Constitution DayNational holiday
ThuJun 282007Constitution DayNational holiday
SatJun 282008Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 302008Constitution Day observedNational holiday
SunJun 282009Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 292009Constitution Day observedNational holiday
MonJun 282010Constitution DayNational holiday
TueJun 282011Constitution DayNational holiday
ThuJun 282012Constitution DayNational holiday
FriJun 282013Constitution DayNational holiday
SatJun 282014Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 302014Constitution Day observedNational holiday
SunJun 282015Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 292015Constitution Day observedNational holiday
TueJun 282016Constitution DayNational holiday
WedJun 282017Constitution DayNational holiday
ThuJun 282018Constitution DayNational holiday
FriJun 282019Constitution DayNational holiday
SunJun 282020Constitution DayNational holiday
MonJun 292020Constitution Day observedNational holiday

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