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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.

Is Independence Day a Public Holiday?

Independence Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016WedAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2017ThuAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2018FriAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2019SatAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2019MonAug 26Independence Day observedNational holiday
2020MonAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2021TueAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2022WedAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2023ThuAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2024SatAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2024MonAug 26Independence Day observedNational holiday
2025SunAug 24Independence DayNational holiday
2025MonAug 25Independence Day observedNational holiday
2026MonAug 24Independence DayNational holiday

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.