A national day is a day on which celebrations mark the statehood or nationhood of a state or its people. It may be the date of independence, of becoming a republic, of becoming a federation, or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (such as a birthday, accession, or removal). The national day is often a public holiday. Many countries have more than one national day. Denmark and the United Kingdom are the only countries without a national day. Britain abandoned Empire Day, while Denmark has what is not a public holiday but an unofficial celebration called Constitution Day.[1] National days emerged with the age of nationalism, with most appearing during the 19th and 20th centuries.[2]

Map with reasons for national days

List of national days edit

Nations that are not broadly recognized sovereign states are shown in pink. Defunct states are highlighted in light grey. For nations that are dependent on, or part of, a sovereign state (such as federal states, autonomous regions, or colonies), the name of the sovereign state is shown in parentheses.

Days that are not fixed to the Gregorian calendar are sorted by their occurrences.

Nation Date Significance of this date
  Acadia (Canada) 15 August Assumption Day was preferred over 24 June to remember that Acadians are descendants of France and a separate nation from the French Canadians.
  Afghanistan 19 August Independence from British control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919. (see Afghan Independence Day)
  Albania 28 November Albanian Flag Day: Raising of the Albanian flag in Vlorë to announce the Albanian Declaration of Independence in 1912
  Alderney (British Islands) 15 December Homecoming Day, the return of the Islanders after the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II 1945
  Algeria 5 July Independence Day (Algeria) in 1962
1 November Revolution Day, beginning of the Algerian War in 1954
  American Samoa (United States) 17 April US Flag Day, commemorates the date American Samoa became a US territory and first flew the US flag in 1900, as well as the date of adoption of the American Samoan flag in 1960.
  Andalusia (Spain) 28 February Commemorates the date of the 1980 referendum on the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia that established the region as an autonomous community
  Andorra 8 September Our Lady of Meritxell Day, patron saint of Andorra, signing of the Paréage of Andorra 1278
  Angola 11 November Independence from Portugal in 1975
  Anguilla (United Kingdom) 30 May Anguilla Day; the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution in 1967
  Antigua and Barbuda 1 November Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981
  Aragon (Spain) 23 April Saint George's Day, patron saint of Aragon and his Crown. An XIII legend holds that during the battle of Alcoraz in 1096, Saint George appeared in support of Aragonese army force.
  Argentina 25 May May Revolution, in 1810
9 July Declaration of Independence, from Spain in 1816
  Armenia 28 May Republic Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
21 September Independence from the Soviet Union recognised in 1991
  Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 18 March Flag Day; adoption of the flag in 1976
  Ascension (United Kingdom) 3rd Saturday in June King's Official Birthday
  Asturias (Spain) 8 September Feast of Our Lady of Covadonga, patron saint of Asturias
  Australia 26 January Australia Day, date of the founding of Sydney, the first British settlement in Australia, 1788
  Austria 26 October The Neutrality Constitution of 1955
  Azerbaijan 28 May Independence Day, independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic 1918
  Azores (Portugal) Pentecost Monday Azores Day, gaining autonomy within Portugal in 1976.
Pentecost may occur in late May or early June.
  Bahamas 10 July Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973
  Bahrain 16 December Coronation Day of Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the first Emir of Bahrain, in 1961
  Balearic Islands (Spain) 1 March Commemorates the date that the Statute of Autonomy establishing the Balearic Islands as an autonomous community became effective in 1983
  Bangladesh 26 March Independence Day, declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971
16 December Victory Day, commemorates the Surrender of Pakistan, ending the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971
  Barbados 30 November Independence Day, from the United Kingdom in 1966. Also the anniversary of the formal proclamation of Barbados as a Republic in the Commonwealth in 2021.
  Basque Country (Spain) 25 October Commemorates the anniversary of the referendum that approved the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country of 1979, establishing the region as an autonomous community
  Belarus 3 July Independence Day, liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944
  Belgium 21 July National Day, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as the first King of the Belgians in 1831
  Belize 21 September Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981
  Benin 1 August Independence from France in 1960
  Bermuda (United Kingdom) 24 May Originally Queen Victoria's birthday; now "Bermuda Day" to celebrate the islands' heritage and culture
  Bhutan 17 December Ugyen Wangchuck elected hereditary king in 1907
  Bolivia 6 August Proclamation of Republic (independent from Spain) in 1825
  Botswana 30 September Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
  Brazil 7 September Dia da Independência, declaration of independence from Portugal in 1822
  British Empire 24 May Queen Victoria's birthday
  British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) 1 July Territory Day, commemoration of the day on which BVI gained self-governing status within the limits of still being a British colonial possession.
  Brunei 23 February National Day, celebrating independence from the United Kingdom in 1984, which actually occurred on 1 January
  Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium) 8 May Iris Day [fr; nl] - 8 May is during the blooming season of the iris (also called fleur de Lys), the symbol of the Region. Also, victory day over the Nazis in World War II and a former feast day of St. Michael, patron saint of the Region.
  Bulgaria 3 March Liberation Day, autonomy within Ottoman Empire in 1878
  Burkina Faso 11 December Proclamation of Independence in 1958
  Burundi 1 July Independence from Belgium in 1962
  Cambodia 9 November Independence from France in 1953
  Cameroon 20 May National Day, creation of a unitary state in 1972
  Canada 1 July Canada Day, creation of a federal Canada from three British colonies in 1867
  Canary Islands (Spain) 30 May Anniversary of the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands in 1983
  Castilla–La Mancha (Spain) 31 May Anniversary of the first session of the Cortes of Castilla–La Mancha in 1983
  Catalonia (Spain) 11 September National Day, commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714
  Cape Verde 5 July Independence from Portugal in 1975
  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 1st Monday in July Constitution adopted in 1959 for the West Indies Federation[3]
  Central African Republic 1 December Made an autonomous territory within the French Community in 1958
  Ceuta (Spain) 2 September Pedro de Meneses, 1st Count of Vila Real becomes the first Governor of Ceuta after the 1415 Conquest of Ceuta
  Chad 11 August Independence from France in 1960
  Chile 18 September The first Government Junta is created in 1810
  People's Republic of China 1 October National Day of the People's Republic of China (Proclamation of the People's Republic of China in 1949)
  Republic of China 1 January Founding Day of the Republic of China, establishment of the Provisional Government in 1912
10 October Double Ten Day commemorating the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that led to abolishment of the monarchy and founding of the Republic in China in 1911
  Colombia 20 July Declaration of independence from Spain in 1810
  Comoros 6 July Independence from France in 1975
  Democratic Republic of the Congo 30 June Independence from Belgium in 1960
  Republic of the Congo 15 August Independence from France in 1960
  Cook Islands 4 August Self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1965
  Costa Rica 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
  Croatia 30 May Statehood Day, multi-party Parliament was constituted in 1990
  Cuba 1 January Liberation Day overthrow of the Batista regime in 1959
10 October Independence Day declared from the Spanish Empire in 1868
  Curaçao (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 2 July The first elected island council is instituted in 1954
  Cyprus 1 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1960
  Czech Republic 28 October Independence from Austria-Hungary (as Czechoslovakia) in 1918
  Côte d'Ivoire 7 August Independence from France in 1960
  Denmark 5 June (unofficial) No official National Day; Constitution Day adoption of the Constitution of 1849.
  Djibouti 27 June Independence from France in 1977
  Dominica 3 November Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 and discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1493
  Dominican Republic 27 February Independence from Haiti in 1844
  East Timor 20 May Independence from Indonesia in 2002
  Ecuador 10 August Proclamation of independence from Spain in 1809
  Egypt 23 July Revolution Day, the revolution of 1952
  El Salvador 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
  England (United Kingdom) 23 April Saint George's Day, patron saint of England. Sometimes proposed as National Day.
  Equatorial Guinea 12 October Independence from Spain in 1968
  Eritrea 24 May Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) fighters enter Asmara in 1991 and Eritrea becomes a de facto independent state; United Nations recognizes Eritrea's independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a UN-supervised referendum on nationhood.
  Estonia 24 February Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia on the date of its declaration of independence from the Russian and German Empires in 1918
  Eswatini 6 September Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1968
  Ethiopia 28 May Downfall of the Derg Day, the Derg regime is defeated in 1991
  European Union 9 May Europe Day, commemorating the Schuman Declaration of 1950
  Extremadura (Spain) 8 September Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Extremadura
  Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) 14 August Falklands Day, first recorded sighting of the islands in 1592
14 June Liberation Day, Liberation from Argentinean occupation at the end of the Falklands War in 1982
  Faroe Islands (Denmark) 29 July Ólavsøka (Saint Olaf's death at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030): opening of the Løgting (parliament) session
  Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 1 March Independence Day, Referendum on independence from Yugoslavia in 1992
  Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 25 November Statehood Day, formation of the State Anti-fascist Council for the National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1943
  Fiji 10 October Fiji Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
  Finland 6 December Independence Day, declaration of independence from Russia in 1917
  Flanders (Belgium) 11 July Feestdag van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Battle of the Golden Spurs on 11 July 1302.
  Florida (United States) 2 April Pascua Florida is day or week (as declared by the Governor) celebrating the founding of Florida by Juan Ponce de León on 2 April 1513.
  France 14 July Bastille Day (known as la Fête Nationale in France), commemorating the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789[4]
  French Community (Belgium) 27 September French Community Holiday
  French Guiana (France) 10 June Abolition of slavery day
  French Polynesia (France) 29 June Internal Autonomy day
  Gabon 17 August Independence from France in 1960
  The Gambia 18 February Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965
  Georgia 26 May Day of First Republic, declaration of independence from Russia in 1918
  German Empire 18 January Proclamation of the German Empire on 18 January 1871 in the Palace of Versailles.
  East Germany 7 October Republic Day, declaration of the German Democratic Republic in 1949
  German-speaking Community (Belgium) 15 November Day of the German-speaking Community
  Germany 3 October German Unity Day, unification of West Germany and East Germany in 1990
  Ghana 6 March Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957
  Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 10 September Gibraltar National Day, people of Gibraltar vote to reject Spanish sovereignty or association in 1967
  Greece 25 March Greek Independence Day, start of the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821
28 October Ohi Day, refusal to the surrender the country on the Italian troops, and honour at the dead during the Greco-Italian War and the Greek Resistance against the Axis in 1940–1944
  Greenland (Denmark) 21 June (Longest Day of the Year) Greenland national day was introduced in 1983 as one of the Home Rule's traditions and is thus one of several expressions of national identity
  Grenada 7 February Independence from United Kingdom in 1974
  Guadeloupe (France) 27 May Abolition of slavery Day
  Guam (United States) 21 July Liberation Day, American landing on Guam 1944, the beginning of the Battle of Guam
  Guatemala 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
  Guernsey (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands in 1945
  Guinea 2 October Independence from France in 1958
  Guinea-Bissau 24 September Declaration of independence from Portugal in 1973
  Guyana 23 February Mashramani, declaration of the Republic in 1970
26 May Declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
  Haiti 1 January Declaration of independence from France in 1804
  Herm (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands in 1945
  Honduras 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
  Hong Kong (China) 1 July Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1997
1 October National Day of the People's Republic of China (Proclamation of the People's Republic of China in 1949)
  Hungary 15 March 1848 Revolution Memorial Day
20 August Saint Stephen's Day
23 October 1956 Revolution Memorial Day
  Iceland 17 June National Day, founding of the Republic and dissolution of the personal union with Denmark in 1944
  India 26 January Republic Day, adoption of the Constitution of India[5] in 1950
15 August Independence from the British Empire in 1947
2 October Gandhi Jayanti, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Nation) in 1869
  Indonesia 17 August Proclamation of Independence (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.) from the kingdom of the Netherlands in 1945
  Iran 11 February Victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979
1 April Iranian Islamic Republic Day[6]
  Iraq 3 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1932
  Ireland 17 March Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland
  Isle of Man (British Islands) 5 July Tynwald Day, annual festive outdoor meeting of the Tynwald (parliament)
  Israel 5 Iyar Yom Ha'atzmaut, proclamation of independence from the British Mandate of Palestine in 1948
(date varies according to Jewish calendar on 5 Iyar.)
  Italy 2 June Festa della Repubblica, Italy is made a republic in 1946
  Jamaica 6 August Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
  Japan 11 February National Foundation Day, Jimmu, the first emperor, is crowned in 660 BC
  Jersey (British Islands) 9 May Liberation Day, the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands in 1945
  Jordan 25 May Independence from the United Kingdom in 1946
  Kazakhstan 16 December Kazakhstan Independence Day, independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
  Kenya 12 December Independence from the United Kingdom in 1963; (Jamhuri Day), made a republic in 1964
  Kiribati 12 July Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979[7]
  Kosovo (Disputed) 17 February Unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008
  Kurdistan (Iraq) 21 March Nowruz, Persian New Year, celebrated on the spring equinox
  Kuwait 25 February National Day, anniversary of the 1950 coronation of Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, who won Kuwait's independence from the British Empire eleven years later
  Kyrgyzstan 31 August Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
  Laos 2 December National Day, declaration of the People's Republic in 1975
  La Rioja (Spain) 9 June Anniversary of the approval of La Rioja's Statute of Autonomy establishing it as an autonomous community
  Latvia 18 November Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia, independence from the Russian Empire in 1918
  Lebanon 22 November Lebanese Independence Day from France in 1943
  Lesotho 4 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
  Liberia 26 July Proclamation of the Republic: independence from the United States in 1847
  Libya 24 December Anniversary of Libyan independence in 1951
  Liechtenstein 15 August Feast of the Assumption and birth of Prince Franz Joseph II in 1906
  Lithuania 16 February Lithuanian State Reestablishment Day, declaration of independence from the Russian and German Empires in 1918
  Lombardy (Italy) 29 May Lombard League defeats the imperial army of Frederick Barbarossa in the Battle of Legnano
  Luxembourg 23 June Grand Duke's Official Birthday
  Macau (China) 1 October National Day of the People's Republic of China (Proclamation of the People's Republic of China in 1949)
20 December Transfer of sovereignty to the PRC in 1999
  Madagascar 26 June Independence from France in 1960
  Madeira (Portugal) 1 July Madeira Day, day of autonomy within Portugal in 1976
  Madrid (Spain) 1 May Dos de Mayo Uprising, part of the Peninsular War, a civilian rebellion against the French occupation of the city
  Malawi 6 July Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964; declaration of the Republic in 1966
  Malaysia 31 August Hari Kebangsaan, independence from the United Kingdom (as Malaya) in 1957. Also known as Hari Kebangsaan (National Day) in Malay.
16 September Malaysia Day, formation of Malaysia by uniting Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore into a single country in 1963. Proposed to be the second national day after Hari Merdeka.
  Maldives 1 Rabi' al-Awwal Independence from the Portuguese Empire in c.1573 (date varies according to the Islamic Calendar)
  Mali 22 September Independence from the Mali Federation in 1960
  Malta 31 March Freedom Day, withdrawal of the last British troops from Malta in 1979
7 June Sette Giugno, bread riot of 1919 in which 4 Maltese men died
8 September Victory Day, celebrating the victory of the Knights of St. John over the Ottoman Empire in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, the end of the French occupation in 1800, and the surrender of Italy to the Allies in 1943
21 September Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
13 December Republic Day, adoption of the republican constitution of 1974
  Marshall Islands 1 May Constitution Day, adoption of the Compact of Free Association in 1979
  Martinique (France) 22 May Abolition of slavery day
  Mauritania 28 November Independence from France in 1960
  Mauritius 12 March Independence Day - Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968; formation of the Republic in 1992
  Mayotte (France) 27 April Abolition of slavery day
  Melilla (Spain) 17 September Anniversary of the 1497 Conquest of Melilla by the Duke of Medina Sidonia
  Mexico 16 September Grito de Dolores, beginning of the War of Independence from Spain in 1810
  Micronesia 3 November Independence from the US-administered UN Trusteeship in 1979
  Minas Gerais (Brazil) 21 April Hanging of Tiradentes in 1792
16 July Elevation of the village of Mariana to the status of city.
  Moldova 27 August Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
  Monaco 19 November Accession of Prince Albert II to the throne in 2005
  Mongolia 26 November Republic Day, proclamation of the Mongolian People's Republic in 1924
29 December Independence Day, this day commemorates the independence from China in 1911.
  Montenegro 21 May Independence from Serbia and Montenegro in 2006
13 July recognised as independent at the Congress of Berlin in 1878
  Montserrat (United Kingdom) 3rd Saturday in June King's Official Birthday
  Morocco 18 November Accession of Muhammad V to the throne in 1927
  Mozambique 25 June Independence from Portugal in 1975
  Murcia (Spain) 9 June Anniversary of the approval of the Region of Murcia's Statute of Autonomy establishing it as an autonomous community
  Myanmar 10th day of Tazaungmon Commemorates the anniversary of the first university student strike at Rangoon University in 1920

Note: Not to be confused with Independence Day (Myanmar)

  Namibia 21 March Independence from South Africa in 1990
  Nauru 31 January Independence from the Australia, NZ, and UK-administered UN trusteeship 1968
    Nepal 19 September Constitution Day, commemorating the adoption of the Constitution in 2015
  Kingdom of the Netherlands 27 April King's Day, King Willem-Alexander's birthday in 1967
5 May Liberation Day, end of German occupation in 1945
  New Zealand 6 February Waitangi Day, signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840
  Nicaragua 15 September Independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821
  Niger 18 December Republic Day, made an autonomous state within the French Community in 1958
  Nigeria 1 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1960
  Niue 19 October Self-government in free association with New Zealand in 1974
  Norfolk Island (Australia) 8 June Beginning of permanent settlement of the island by migrants from the Pitcairn Islands in 1856
  North Korea 15 August Liberation from Japanese rule in 1945 (Chogukhaebangŭi nal)
9 September Day of the Foundation of the Republic in 1948[8]
10 October Party Foundation Day in 1945
  North Macedonia 2 August Republic Day, proclamation of statehood in 1944 and proclamation of Kruševo Republic in 1903 during the Ilinden Uprising
8 September Independence Day (Den na nezavisnosta), declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
  Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) 17 March St. Patrick's Day; a public holiday sometimes associated with Irish nationalism
12 July "The Twelfth" commemorates the Battle of the Boyne in 1690; a public holiday associated with Ulster unionism
  Northern Mariana Islands (United States) 8 January Commonwealth Day, the constitutional government takes office in 1978
  Norway 17 May Constitution Day, the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll 1814
  Oman 18 November National Day of Oman, independence from Portugal in 1650 and the 1940 birthday of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said who reigned 1970–2020
  Pakistan 23 March Pakistan Day, the Pakistan Resolution passed in Lahore in 1940. Pakistan became a Republic in 1956 with the 1956 Constitution of Pakistan.
14 August Independence Day, independence from the British Empire in 1947
  Palau 9 July Constitution Day, adoption of the Constitution in 1980
1 October Independence Day, full independence in 1994
  Palestine 15 November Declaration of Independence in 1988
  Panama 3 November Separation Day, independence from Colombia in 1903
  Papua New Guinea 16 September Independence from Australia in 1975
  Paraguay 14 May Independence Day (Día de Independencia), declaration of independence from Spain in 1811
  Peru 28 July Declaration of independence from Spain in 1821
  Philippines 12 June Araw ng Kalayaan, declaration of independence from Spain in 1898
  Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) 3rd Saturday in June King's Official Birthday
  Poland 3 May 3 May Constitution Day, celebrates the declaration of the Constitution of 3 May 1791, first constitution of its kind in Europe
11 November Święto Niepodległości (Independence Day), restoration of independence from Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia in 1918
  Portugal 10 June Portugal Day, officially the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities, death of national poet Luís de Camões in 1580
  Puerto Rico (United States) 25 July Constitution Day, establishment of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952; formerly Invasion Day, day of the American invasion in 1898
  Qatar 18 December Qatar National Day, the assumption of power by Emir Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani in 1878
  Québec (Canada) 24 June Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, feast day of John the Baptist, the patron saint of French Canadians
  Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) 20 September Expulsion of the Brazilian Army from Porto Alegre at the Farroupilha Revolution, followed by a Declaration of Independence on 1836.
  Romania 1 December Great Union Day, unification with Transylvania and achievement of the Great Union in 1918
  Russia 12 June Russia Day, Declaration of State Sovereignty in 1990
4 November Unity Day, celebrates the end of Time of Troubles
  Rwanda 1 July Independence from Belgium in 1962
  Réunion (France) 20 December Abolition of slavery day
  Saba (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 1st Friday in December Saba Day celebrates, on the first Friday in December, the adoption of the flag of Saba in December 1985
  Sabah (Malaysia) 31 August Sabah Day, is celebrated to commemorate Sabah's independence from United Kingdom before joining Malaysia along with Sarawak and Singapore on 16 September 1963. It has since been celebrated since 2023.
  Saint Helena (United Kingdom) 3rd Saturday in June King's Official Birthday
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 19 September Independence from the United Kingdom in 1983
  Saint Lucia 22 February Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27 October Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1979
  Samoa 1 June Independence Day, independence from New Zealand in 1962
  San Marino 3 September Foundation of the city by Marinus in year 301 (traditional date); also is the St. Marinus Day.
  Sardinia (Italy) 28 April Sardinian revolution and expulsion of Piedmontese Viceroy and Sardinian-Piedmontese officials from Cagliari, capital and largest city of Sardinia
  São Paulo (Brazil) 9 July Constitutionalist Revolt against Vargas Regime in 1932
  Sarawak (Malaysia) 22 July Sarawak Independence Day, independence from United Kingdom before joining Malaysia along with Sabah and Singapore on 16 September.
  Sark (British Islands) 10 May Liberation Day, the end of the German occupation of the Channel Islands in 1945
  Saudi Arabia 23 September Saudi National Day, renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932
  Scotland (United Kingdom) 30 November Saint Andrew's Day, patron saint of Scotland
  Senegal 4 April Independence from France in 1960
  Serbia 15 February Statehood Day, start of the Serbian Revolution against Ottoman Empire in 1804; Constitution Day, adoption of the first Constitution in 1835[9]
  Seychelles 18 June National Day, adoption of a multi-party democratic constitution in 1993
  Sierra Leone 27 April Republic Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1961
  Singapore 9 August National Day, independence from Malaysia in 1965
  Sint Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands) 11 November Sint Maarten's Day[10]
  Slovakia 1 January Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic, this day commemorates when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993
  Slovenia 25 June Statehood Day, declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
  Solomon Islands 7 July Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1978
  Somalia 1 July Independence from Italy and unification with Somaliland in 1960
  Somaliland (Disputed) 18 May Declaration of independence from Somalia in 1991
26 June Independence of the State of Somaliland from the United Kingdom in 1960
  South Africa 27 April Freedom Day, first democratic general election in 1994
  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom) 3rd Saturday in June Liberation from Argentina at the end of the Falklands War in 1982 and King's Official Birthday
  South Korea 1 March Declaration of independence from the Empire of Japan in 1919
15 August Liberation from Japanese rule in 1945 (Gwangbokjeol); declaration of the Republic in 1948
3 October Gaecheonjeol, ancient Korea founded in 2333 BC
  South Sudan 9 July Independence Day, independence from Sudan in 2011
  South Vietnam 26 October 1955 South Vietnam referendum created First Republic of Vietnam replacing State of Vietnam
1 November 1963 South Vietnam coup d'état created Second Republic of Vietnam replacing First Republic of Vietnam
  Soviet Union 7 November October Revolution Day, commemorating the Great October Socialist Revolution in 1917
  Spain 12 October Fiesta Nacional de Espana, Columbus discovery of America in 1492
  Sri Lanka 4 February Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1948 under the name of Ceylon
  Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 9 January Proclamation of the Republic, separate from Bosnia and Herzegovina and part of Yugoslavia, in 1992
  Sudan 1 January Independence from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Egypt in 1956
  Suriname 25 November Independence Day, independence from the Netherlands in 1975
  Sweden 6 June National Day: election of Gustav Vasa as King of Sweden in 1523; adoption of the constitutions of 1809 and 1974
   Switzerland 1 August National Day, alliance between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden against the Holy Roman Empire in 1291
  Syria 17 April Evacuation Day, end of French colonial rule in 1946
  São Tomé and Príncipe 12 July Independence from Portugal in 1975
  Tajikistan 9 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
  Tanzania 9 December Independence Day, independence from British rule in 1961
  Tatarstan (Russia) 30 August Declaration of independence from the RSFSR in 1990
  Thailand 5 December Birthday of Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927
  Togo 27 April Independence from the French-administered UN trusteeship in 1960
  Tonga 4 June Emancipation Day abolition of serfdom 1862; independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
4 November National Day 1875
  Transnistria 2 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from Moldova in 1990
  Trinidad and Tobago 31 August Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
  Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) 3rd Saturday in June King's Official Birthday
  Tunisia 20 March Declaration of independence from France in 1956
  Turkey 29 October Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı), adoption of a republican constitution in 1923
  Turkmenistan 27 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
  Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) 30 August Constitution Day, adoption of a constitution in 1976
  Tuvalu 1 October Independence Day, independence from the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) in 1975 and from the United Kingdom in 1978
  Uganda 9 October Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
  Ukraine 15 July Statehood Day, commemoration of the Christianization of Kievan Rus'
24 August Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. See Independence Day of Ukraine
  United Arab Emirates 2 December National Day, formation of the federation of seven emirates on independence from the United Kingdom in 1971
  United Kingdom 3rd Saturday in June (unofficial) Does not have a recognized national day (see proposed British national day), although the King's Official Birthday (King Charles III's was announced as being the third Saturday in June) is sometimes considered as such, for example, in British diplomatic institutions overseas
  United States 4 July Independence Day, first 13 States declare independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (1776).
  United States Virgin Islands (United States) 31 March Transfer Day, transfer of the islands from Denmark to the United States in 1917
  Uruguay 25 August Declaration of Independence from Brazil in 1825
  Uzbekistan 1 September Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
  Valencian Community (Spain) 9 October Anniversary of the creation of the Kingdom of Valencia in 1238
  Vanuatu 30 July Independence Day, independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980
  Vatican City 11 February Foundation of Vatican City, signing of the Lateran Treaty in 1929
  Venezuela 5 July Independence Day, declaration of independence from Spain in 1811
  Vietnam 2 September National Day, declaration of independence from France and Japan in 1945
  Wales (United Kingdom) 1 March Saint David's Day, feast day of patron saint of Wales
  Wallonia (Belgium) 3rd Sunday of September Day of the Walloon Region
  Yemen 22 May Unity Day, North and South Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990
  Yugoslavia 29 November Day of the Republic, celebrating the anniversary of the second session of AVNOJ, paving way for the establishment of the second Yugoslav state
  Zambia 24 October Independence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
  Zimbabwe 18 April Granting of independence by the United Kingdom in 1980; it had previously declared independence as Rhodesia on 11 November 1965

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