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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.

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.


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.


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
MonAug 241992Independence DayNational holiday
TueAug 241993Independence DayNational holiday
WedAug 241994Independence DayNational holiday
ThuAug 241995Independence DayNational holiday
SatAug 241996Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 261996Independence Day observedNational holiday
SunAug 241997Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 251997Independence Day observedNational holiday
MonAug 241998Independence DayNational holiday
TueAug 241999Independence DayNational holiday
ThuAug 242000Independence DayNational holiday
FriAug 242001Independence DayNational holiday
SatAug 242002Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 262002Independence Day observedNational holiday
SunAug 242003Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 252003Independence Day observedNational holiday
TueAug 242004Independence DayNational holiday
WedAug 242005Independence DayNational holiday
ThuAug 242006Independence DayNational holiday
FriAug 242007Independence DayNational holiday
SunAug 242008Independence DayNational holiday
MonAug 252008Independence Day observedNational holiday
MonAug 242009Independence DayNational holiday
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 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Independence Day 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Name in other languages

День независимости УкраиныRussian
День незалежності УкраїниUkrainian
Independence DayEnglish
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