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Army Day in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Army Day, also known as the Day of the Armed Forces, celebrates the efforts of the country’s armed forces on December 6 each year.

Is Army Day a Public Holiday?

Army Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Ukraine's armed forces in formal uniform.
Ukrainians who serve their country's armed forces dress in uniform.

What Do People Do?

Activities and events to celebrate Army Day include leaders’ speeches to thank and recognize the efforts of Ukraine’s armed forces, as well as special parades and marches.

Public Life

Army Day is an observance and not a national public holiday in Ukraine.


In 1991, a decree was signed regarding the establishment of Ukraine’s armed forces. Ukraine’s Day of the Armed Forces first appeared in the Ukrainian calendar in 1993 after being set by a parliamentary resolution. Ukraine’s armed forces consist of the Ground Forces, the Air Force, and the Navy. The armed forces aim to protect Ukraine and ensure the safety of its citizens.

Army Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010MonDec 6Army DayObservance
2011TueDec 6Army DayObservance
2012ThuDec 6Army DayObservance
2013FriDec 6Army DayObservance
2014SatDec 6Army DayObservance
2015SunDec 6Army DayObservance
2016TueDec 6Army DayObservance
2017WedDec 6Army DayObservance
2018ThuDec 6Army DayObservance
2019FriDec 6Army DayObservance
2020SunDec 6Army DayObservance

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