Independence Day in Ukraine
Every year, many Ukrainians celebrate their country’s independence on August 24. It is a public holiday across Ukraine.
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:
- Outdoor exhibitions.
- Free public markets and fairs.
- Sporting events.
There are many celebrations across the country to mark Independence Day, with some continuing for days after August 24.
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
|Tue||Aug 24||2010||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Wed||Aug 24||2011||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Fri||Aug 24||2012||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Aug 24||2013||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Aug 26||2013||Independence Day observed||National holiday|
|Sun||Aug 24||2014||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Aug 25||2014||Independence Day observed||National holiday|
|Mon||Aug 24||2015||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Wed||Aug 24||2016||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Thu||Aug 24||2017||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Fri||Aug 24||2018||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Aug 24||2019||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Aug 26||2019||Independence Day observed||National holiday|
|Mon||Aug 24||2020||Independence Day||National holiday|
Quick FactsUkraine’s Independence Day is annually celebrated on August 24 to mark the anniversary of the country’s declaration of independence in 1991.
Independence Day 2016Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Independence Day 2017Thursday, August 24, 2017
Name in other languages
|День незалежності України||Ukrainian|
|День независимости Украины||Russian|