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DEFINITION: The primary national day of celebration - often independence day..

AfghanistanAfghanistan Independence Day, 19 August
AlbaniaAlbania Independence Day, 28 November (1912) also known as Flag Day
AlgeriaAlgeria Revolution Day, 1 November
American SamoaAmerican Samoa Flag Day, 17 April
AndorraAndorra Our Lady of Meritxell Day, 8 September (1278)
AngolaAngola Independence Day, 11 November
AnguillaAnguilla Anguilla Day, 30 May
Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ Independence Day (National Day), 1 November
ArgentinaArgentina Revolution Day, 25 May
ArmeniaArmenia Independence Day, 21 September
ArubaAruba Flag Day, 18 March
AustraliaAustralia Australia Day (commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of Australian settlers), 26 January (1788); ANZAC Day (commemorates the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
AustriaAustria National Day, 26 October (1955); note - commemorates the passage of the law on permanent neutrality
AzerbaijanAzerbaijan Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, 28 May
BahrainBahrain National Day, 16 December (1971); note - 15 August 1971 was the date of independence from the UK, 16 December 1971 was the date of independence from British protection
BangladeshBangladesh Independence Day, 26 March (1971); Victory Day
BarbadosBarbados Independence Day, 30 November
BelarusBelarus Independence Day, 3 July (1944); note - 3 July 1944 was the date Minsk was liberated from German troops, 25 August 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
BelgiumBelgium 21 July (1831) ascension to the Throne of King LEOPOLD I
BelizeBelize Independence Day, 21 September
BeninBenin National Day, 1 August
BermudaBermuda Bermuda Day, 24 May
BhutanBhutan National Day (Ugyen WANGCHUCK became first hereditary king), 17 December
BoliviaBolivia Independence Day, 6 August
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ National Day, 25 November
BotswanaBotswana Independence Day (Botswana Day), 30 September
BrazilBrazil Independence Day, 7 September
British Virgin IslandsBrit. Virgin Isl. Territory Day, 1 July
BruneiBrunei National Day, 23 February (1984); note - 1 January 1984 was the date of independence from the UK, 23 February 1984 was the date of independence from British protection
BulgariaBulgaria Liberation Day, 3 March
Burkina FasoBurkina Faso Republic Day, 11 December (1958); note - commemorates the day that Upper Volta became an autonomous republic in the French Community
BurmaBurma Independence Day, 4 January (1948); Union Day, 12 February (1947)
BurundiBurundi Independence Day, 1 July
CambodiaCambodia Independence Day, 9 November
CameroonCameroon Republic Day (National Day), 20 May
CanadaCanada Canada Day, 1 July
Cape VerdeCape Verde Independence Day, 5 July
Cayman IslandsCayman Islands Constitution Day, first Monday in July
Central African RepublicCentral Africa Republic Day, 1 December
ChadChad Independence Day, 11 August
ChileChile Independence Day, 18 September
ChinaChina Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China, 1 October
Christmas IslandXmas Island Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsCocos Islands Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
ColombiaColombia Independence Day, 20 July
ComorosComoros Independence Day, 6 July
Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the Independence Day, 15 August
Cook IslandsCook Islands Constitution Day, first Monday in August
Costa RicaCosta Rica Independence Day, 15 September
Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire Independence Day, 7 August
CroatiaCroatia Independence Day, 8 October (1991) and Statehood Day, 25 June (1991)
CubaCuba Triumph of the Revolution, 1 January
CyprusCyprus Independence Day, 1 October (1960)(1983) as "Independence Day"
Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Founding Day, 28 October
Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. Independence Day, 30 June
DenmarkDenmark none designated; Constitution Day, 5 June (1849) is generally viewed as the National Day
DjiboutiDjibouti Independence Day, 27 June
DominicaDominica Independence Day, 3 November
Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. Independence Day, 27 February
East TimorEast Timor Independence Day, 28 November
EcuadorEcuador Independence Day (independence of Quito), 10 August
EgyptEgypt Revolution Day, 23 July
El SalvadorEl Salvador Independence Day, 15 September
Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea Independence Day, 12 October
EritreaEritrea Independence Day, 24 May
EstoniaEstonia Independence Day, 24 February (1918); note - 24 February 1918 was the date Estonia declared its independence from Soviet Russia; 20 August 1991 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union
EthiopiaEthiopia National Day (defeat of MENGISTU regime), 28 May
European UnionEuropean Union Europe Day 9 May (1950); note - the day in 1950 that Robert SCHUMAN proposed the creation of what became the European Coal and Steel Community, the progenitor of today's European Union, with the aim of achieving a united Europe
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)Falklands Liberation Day, 14 June
Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands Olaifest (Olavsoka), 29 July
Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia Constitution Day, 10 May
FijiFiji Independence Day, second Monday of October
FinlandFinland Independence Day, 6 December
FranceFrance Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790)(on 14 July 1789) and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)
French GuianaFrench Guiana Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
French PolynesiaFr. Polynesia Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(1880)
GabonGabon Founding of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG), 12 March
GeorgiaGeorgia Independence Day, 26 May (1918); note - 26 May 1918 was the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 9 April 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
GermanyGermany Unity Day, 3 October
GhanaGhana Independence Day, 6 March
GibraltarGibraltar National Day, 10 September (1967); note - day of the national referendum to decide whether to remain with the UK or join Spain
GreeceGreece Independence Day, 25 March
GreenlandGreenland June 21 (longest day)
GrenadaGrenada Independence Day, 7 February
GuadeloupeGuadeloupe Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
GuamGuam Discovery Day, first Monday in March (1521)
GuatemalaGuatemala Independence Day, 15 September
GuernseyGuernsey Liberation Day, 9 May
GuineaGuinea Independence Day, 2 October
Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau Independence Day, 24 September
GuyanaGuyana Republic Day, 23 February
HaitiHaiti Independence Day, 1 January
Holy See (Vatican City)Vatican City Election Day of Pope FRANCIS, 13 March
HondurasHonduras Independence Day, 15 September
Hong KongHong Kong National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 1 July 1997 is celebrated as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
HungaryHungary Saint Stephen's Day, 20 August(now Budapest)
IcelandIceland Independence Day, 17 June
IndiaIndia Republic Day, 26 January
IndonesiaIndonesia Independence Day, 17 August
IranIran Republic Day, 1 April
IraqIraq Republic Day, July 14 (1958); note - the Government of Iraq has yet to declare an official national holiday but still observes Republic Day
IrelandIreland Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March
Isle of ManIsle of Man Tynwald Day, 5 July
IsraelIsrael Independence Day, 14 May (1948); note - Israel declared independence on 14 May 1948, but the Jewish calendar is lunar and the holiday may occur in April or May
ItalyItaly Republic Day, 2 June
JamaicaJamaica Independence Day, 6 August
JapanJapan Birthday of Emperor AKIHITO, 23 December
JerseyJersey Liberation Day, 9 May
JordanJordan Independence Day, 25 May
KazakhstanKazakhstan Independence Day, 16 December
KenyaKenya Independence Day, 12 December (1963); Madaraka Day, 1 June (1963); Mashujaa Day, 20 October (2010)
KiribatiKiribati Independence Day, 12 July
KosovoKosovo Independence Day, 17 February
KuwaitKuwait National Day, 25 February
KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan Independence Day, 31 August
LaosLaos Republic Day, 2 December
LatviaLatvia Independence Day, 18 November (1918); note - 18 November 1918 was the date Latvia declared itself independent from Soviet Russia; 4 May 1990 is when it declared the renewal of independence; 21 August 1991 was the date of de facto independence from the Soviet Union
LebanonLebanon Independence Day, 22 November
LesothoLesotho Independence Day, 4 October
LiberiaLiberia Independence Day, 26 July
LibyaLibya Liberation Day, 23 October
LiechtensteinLiechtenstein Assumption Day, 15 August
LithuaniaLithuania Independence Day, 16 February (1918); note - 16 February 1918 was the date Lithuania declared its independence from Soviet Russia and established its statehood; 11 March 1990 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union
LuxembourgLuxembourg National Day (Birthday of Grand Duchess Charlotte) 23 June
MacauMacau National Day (Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October (1949); note - 20 December 1999 is celebrated as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
MadagascarMadagascar Independence Day, 26 June
MalawiMalawi Independence Day (Republic Day), 6 July
MalaysiaMalaysia Independence Day 31 August (1957) (independence of Malaya); Malaysia Day 16 September (1963) (formation of Malaysia)
MaldivesMaldives Independence Day, 26 July
MaliMali Independence Day, 22 September
MaltaMalta Independence Day, 21 September (1964); Republic Day, 13 December (1974)
Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. Constitution Day, 1 May
MartiniqueMartinique Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
MauritaniaMauritania Independence Day, 28 November
MauritiusMauritius Independence Day, 12 March
MayotteMayotte Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
MexicoMexico Independence Day, 16 September
MoldovaMoldova Independence Day, 27 August
MonacoMonaco National Day (Saint Rainier's Day), 19 November
MongoliaMongolia Independence Day/Revolution Day, 11 July
MontenegroMontenegro National Day, 13 July
MontserratMontserrat Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June
MoroccoMorocco Throne Day (accession of King MOHAMED VI to the throne), 30 July
MozambiqueMozambique Independence Day, 25 June
NamibiaNamibia Independence Day, 21 March
NauruNauru Independence Day, 31 January
NepalNepal Republic Day, 29 May
NetherlandsNetherlands Queen's Day (Birthday of deceased Queen-Mother JULIANA and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX), 30 April (1909 and 1980)
Netherlands AntillesN. Antilles Queen's Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX), 30 April (1909 and 1980)
New CaledoniaNew Caledonia Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(1853)
New ZealandNew Zealand Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840); ANZAC Day (commemorated as the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
NicaraguaNicaragua Independence Day, 15 September
NigerNiger Republic Day, 18 December (1958); note - commemorates the founding of the Republic of Niger which predated independence from France in 1960
NigeriaNigeria Independence Day (National Day), 1 October
NiueNiue Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February
Norfolk IslandNorfolk Island Bounty Day (commemorates the arrival of Pitcairn Islanders), 8 June
North KoreaNorth Korea Founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), 9 September
Northern Mariana IslandsN. Mariana Commonwealth Day, 8 January
NorwayNorway Constitution Day, 17 May
OmanOman Birthday of Sultan QABOOS, 18 November
PakistanPakistan Republic Day, 23 March
PalauPalau Constitution Day, 9 July
PanamaPanama Independence Day, 3 November
Papua New GuineaPapua NG Independence Day, 16 September
ParaguayParaguay Independence Day, 14 May 1811 (observed 15 May)
PeruPeru Independence Day, 28 July
PhilippinesPhilippines Independence Day, 12 June (1898); note - 12 June 1898 was date of declaration of independence from Spain; 4 July 1946 was date of independence from US
Pitcairn IslandsPitcarn Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926); Discovery Day, 2 July (1767)
PolandPoland Constitution Day, 3 May (1791)
PortugalPortugal Portugal Day (Dia de Portugal), 10 June (1580)(1524-80) died
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico US Independence Day, 4 July (1776); Puerto Rico Constitution Day, 25 July (1952)
QatarQatar Independence Day, 3 September (1971); also observed is National Day, 18 December (1878) (anniversary of Al Thani family accession to the throne)
Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia Rep. Independence Day, 8 September (1991); also known as National Day
ReunionReunion Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
RomaniaRomania Unification Day (of Romania and Transylvania), 1 December
RussiaRussia Russia Day, 12 June
RwandaRwanda Independence Day, 1 July
Saint BarthelemySt Barthelemy Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(1572)
Saint HelenaSaint Helena Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da CunhaSaint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June
Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ Independence Day, 19 September
Saint LuciaSaint Lucia Independence Day, 22 February
Saint MartinSaint Martin Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1789)(Slavery Abolition Day) 12 July (1848)
Saint Pierre and MiquelonSt Pierre+ Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ Independence Day, 27 October
SamoaSamoa Independence Day Celebration, 1 June (1962); note - 1 January 1962 is the date of independence from the New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship; it is observed in June
San MarinoSan Marino Founding of the Republic, 3 September (A.D. 301)
Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ Independence Day, 12 July
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia Unification of the Kingdom, 23 September
SenegalSenegal Independence Day, 4 April
SerbiaSerbia National Day, 15 February
Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ National Day, 15 February
SeychellesSeychelles Constitution Day (National Day), 18 June
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone Independence Day, 27 April
SingaporeSingapore National Day, 9 August
SlovakiaSlovakia Constitution Day, 1 September
SloveniaSlovenia Independence Day/Statehood Day, 25 June
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands Independence Day, 7 July
SomaliaSomalia Foundation of the Somali Republic, 1 July (1960)(1960) in Somaliland
South AfricaSouth Africa Freedom Day, 27 April
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth Georgia+ Liberation Day, 14 June
South KoreaSouth Korea Liberation Day, 15 August
South SudanSouth Sudan Independence Day, 9 July
SpainSpain National Day, 12 October (1492); year when Columbus first set foot in the Americas
Sri LankaSri Lanka Independence Day, 4 February
SudanSudan Independence Day, 1 January
SurinameSuriname Independence Day, 25 November
SwazilandSwaziland Independence Day, 6 September
SwedenSweden Swedish Flag Day, 6 June (1916); National Day, 6 June (1983)
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Founding of the Swiss Confederation, 1 August (1291)
SyriaSyria Independence Day, 17 April
TaiwanTaiwan Republic Day (Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution), 10 October
TajikistanTajikistan Independence Day (or National Day), 9 September
TanzaniaTanzania Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar), 26 April
ThailandThailand Birthday of King PHUMIPHON (BHUMIBOL), 5 December
The BahamasThe Bahamas Independence Day, 10 July
The GambiaThe Gambia Independence Day, 18 February
TogoTogo Independence Day, 27 April
TokelauTokelau Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February
TongaTonga Emancipation Day, 4 June
Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ Independence Day, 31 August
TunisiaTunisia Independence Day, 20 March (1956); Revolution and Youth Day, 14 January (2011)
TurkeyTurkey Republic Day, 29 October
TurkmenistanTurkmenistan Independence Day, 27 October
Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks+ Constitution Day, 30 August
TuvaluTuvalu Independence Day, 1 October
UgandaUganda Independence Day, 9 October
UkraineUkraine Independence Day, 24 August (1991)(from Soviet Russia) and the day the short-lived Western and Greater (Eastern) Ukrainian republics united (1919), is now celebrated as Unity Day
United Arab EmiratesUAE Independence Day, 2 December
United KingdomUnited Kingdom the UK does not celebrate one particular national holiday
United StatesUnited States Independence Day, 4 July (1776)
UruguayUruguay Independence Day, 25 August
UzbekistanUzbekistan Independence Day, 1 September
VanuatuVanuatu Independence Day, 30 July
VenezuelaVenezuela Independence Day, 5 July
VietnamVietnam Independence Day, 2 September
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 31 March
Wallis and FutunaWallis+ Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
YemenYemen Unification Day, 22 May
ZambiaZambia Independence Day, 24 October
ZimbabweZimbabwe Independence Day, 18 April


"All countries compared for Government > National holiday", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Government/National-holiday

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