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Independence Day in Ukraine

Every year, many Ukrainians celebrate their country’s independence on August 24. It is a public holiday across Ukraine.

The Ukrainian flag is seen outdoors on Independence Day.
The Ukrainian flag is seen outdoors on Independence Day.
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What Do People Do?

Independence Day in Ukraine is a big celebration that sees parades and crowds of people in folk costumes, with some waving the Ukrainian flag. Other Independence Day events may include:

  • Fireworks.
  • Outdoor exhibitions.
  • Concerts.
  • Free public markets and fairs.
  • Circuses.
  • Sporting events.

There are many celebrations across the country to mark Independence Day, with some continuing for days after August 24.

Public Life

Independence Day is a national public holiday in Ukraine so many shops, museums, and libraries, as well as government offices and educational institutions are closed.

Background

Ukraine’s Independence Day commemorates the anniversary of the country’s independence. Prior to 1991, Ukraine was a constituent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.). On August 24, 1991, after a failed coup in Moscow, Ukraine declared its independence. About 90 percent of Ukrainians voted for their country’s independence following this declaration, on December 1, 1991.

Symbols

Many Ukrainians show their country’s flag to celebrate their Independence Day. It is a banner of 2 equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow.

Independence Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
TueAug 242010Independence DayNational holiday
WedAug 242011Independence DayNational holiday
FriAug 242012Independence DayNational holiday
SatAug 242013Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 262013Independence Day observedNational holiday
SunAug 242014Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 252014Independence Day observedNational holiday
MonAug 242015Independence DayNational holiday
WedAug 242016Independence DayNational holiday
ThuAug 242017Independence DayNational holiday
FriAug 242018Independence DayNational holiday
SatAug 242019Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 262019Independence Day observedNational holiday
MonAug 242020Independence DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Ukraine’s Independence Day is annually celebrated on August 24 to mark the anniversary of the country’s declaration of independence in 1991.

Independence Day 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Independence Day 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
День независимости УкраиныRussian
День незалежності УкраїниUkrainian
Independence DayEnglish
UnabhängigkeitstagGerman
UavhengighetsdagNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on August 24, 2016

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