Independence Day of Ukraine

public holiday in Ukraine

The Independence Day of Ukraine (Ukrainian: День незалежності України) is the main state holiday in Ukraine. It is held on August 24, remembering the Ukrainian Declaration of Independence of 1991.[1] It was first celebrated on 16 July 1991, as the first anniversary of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine.[2] Since the Declaration of Independence was issued later, and confirmed by a referendum on 1 December 1991, the date of the holiday was changed. Starting in 2004, 23 August is celebrated as the Day of the National Flag.


  1. Twenty Years After Communism, eds. Michael Bernhard; Jan Kubik (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), p. 154
  2. Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States: Documents, Data, and Analysis, eds. Zbigniew Brzezinski; Paige Sullivan (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996), p. 26