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Constitution Day in Ukraine

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

What Do People Do?

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

  • Fireworks.
  • Musical events by popular Ukrainian musicians.
  • Broadcasting or singing the Ukrainian anthem.
  • Large street parades that include brass bands.

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.


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.


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
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

Quick Facts

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

Constitution Day 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Constitution Day 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Name in other languages

День Конституции УкраиныRussian
День Конституції УкраїниUkrainian
Constitution DayEnglish
Tag der VerfassungGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in June 2016 in Ukraine

Fun Holiday on June 28, 2016

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