I am writing this post on the 4th of July… Independence Day for the United States.
Yes on July 4th, 1776, the United States gained her independence from Great Britain.
I live in the United States territory of Puerto Rico. That is one of the reasons I am writing this post. This is an island with many people feeling animosity toward the mainland.
Many Puerto Ricans have served in the United States military but still have no right to vote for President.
Recently, the island voted to become a State, but it all lies in the hands of Congress and does not look as if it will be accomplished.
So here the people sit… Not independent and not a State. With a massive debt they cannot pay.
Is it right? Is it fair?
Please share your views in the comment area at the end.
I am going to share many countries who have gained their independence and when they celebrate their freedom.
National Day – Hungary
Hungary celebrates its independence starting in the year 1000. It was the founding of a Christian country.
Swiss National Day – Switzerland
The day is August 1st and started in 1291 when the people aligned against the Roman Empire.
National Day of Sweden
It was 1523 on June 6th when King Gustav Vasa was elected and brought independence to the Swedes.
Restoration – Portugal
On December 1st, 1640, Portugal took its independence from Spain’s dominance.
On January 1st, 1804, Haiti declared their independence from France.
Statehood Day – Serbia
On February 15th, 1804, the Serbian Revolution began taking their country from the Ottoman Empire.
Statehood Day – Ecuador
August 10th is the recognized day and 1809 the year, but it is also sad. They declared independence from Spain but all the conspirators were executed in 1810.
But the day came on May 24th, 1822.
Fiestas Patrias – Chile
On February 12th, 1810, they declared independence from Spain but the holiday is celebrated when the first Government was installed on September 18th.
Columbia recognizes 2 independence days; July 20th, 1810 when they declared independence and August 7th, 1819 when it was recognized.
Grito de Dolores – Mexico
It was 1810 when our Southern neighbors declared independence from Spain and is celebrated on September 15th and 16th.
Those above are just a few. Now I will list the country, declaration, year and day and country they took their independence from.
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|Afghanistan||August 19, 1919||Independence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919.|
|Albania||On November 28, 1912||Declared by Ismail Qemali in 1912 and signaled the end of five centuries of Ottoman rule.|
|Algeria||On July 5, 1962||Independence from France in 1962.|
|Angola||On November 11, 1975||Independence from Portugal in 1975.|
|Antigua and Barbuda||On November 1, 1981||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.|
|Argentina||On July 9, 1816||Independence declared from Spain in 1816.|
|Armenia||On September 21, 1991||Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.|
|Austria||On October 26, 1955||Independence from Allies of World War II in 1955|
|Azerbaijan||On October 18, 1918 and May 28, 1991||October 18 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918; May 28 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991|
|Bahamas, The||On July 10, 1973||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973.|
|Bahrain||On December 16, 1971||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971|
|Bangladesh||On March 26, 1971||Independence was declared from Pakistan and this led to a nine month war ending on December 16, 1971.|
|Barbados||On November 30, 1966||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.|
|Belarus||On July 3, 1944||Liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944.|
|Belgium||On July 21, 1831||Independence from the Netherlands (Belgian revolution). Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831.|
|Belize||On September 21, 1981||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.|
|Benin||On August 1, 1960||Independence from France in 1960.|
|Bolivia||On August 6, 1825||Independence from Spain in 1825.|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||On March 1, 1992||Independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992.|
|Botswana||On September 30, 1966||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.|
|Brazil||On September 7, 1822||(Dia da Independência) Declared Independence from Portugal on that date in 1822.|
|Brunei||On January 1, 1984||Independence from United Kingdom in 1984|
|Bulgaria||On September 22, 1908||Independence from Ottoman Empire in 1908|
|Burkina Faso||On August 5, 1960||Independence from France in 1960|
|Burundi||On July 1, 1962||Independence from Belgium in 1962|
|Cambodia||On November 9, 1953||Independence from France in 1953|
|Cape Verde||On July 5, 1975||Independence from Portugal in 1975.|
|Central African Republic||On August 13, 1960||Independence from France in 1960.|
|Chad||On August 11, 1960||Independence from France in 1960.|
|Costa Rica||On September 15, 1821||Independence from Spain in 1821.|
|Côte d’Ivoire||On August 7, 1960||Independence from France in 1960.|
|Croatia||On October 8, 1991 and June 25||Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Independence was declared, after a referendum, by the Parliament on June 25 (the date is celebrated as Statehood Day); EU pressured Croatia into a three month moratorium, and on October 8 the ties with SFRJ were formally severed.|
|Cuba||On May 20, 1902||Independence from United States in 1902.|
|Cyprus||On October 1, 1960||Independence from the United Kingdom on August 16, 1960, but Cyprus Independence Day is commonly celebrated on October 1.|
|Czech Republic||On October 28, 1918||As Czechoslovakia, marking independence from Austria-Hungary on October 28, 1918. Jan 1 As the Czech Republic after the split of Czechoslovakia|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||On June 30, 1960||Independence from Belgium in 1960.|
|Djibouti||On June 27, 1977||Independence from France in 1977|
|Dominica||On November 3, 1978||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978|
|Dominican Republic||On February 27, 1844||Independence from Haiti in 1844, after a 22-year occupation.|
|Timor-Leste||On May 20, 2002||Independence from Portugal in 2002 (recognition, East Timor was invaded by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999, officially it never ceased to be considered as administrated by Portugal).|
|El Salvador||On September 15, 1821||Independence from Spain in 1821|
|Eritrea||On May 24, 1993||Independence from Ethiopia in 1993.|
|Estonia||On February 24, 1918 and August 20, 1991||February 18 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918; August 20 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991|
|Fiji||On October 10, 1970||Fiji Independence Day Independence from United Kingdom in 1970.|
|Finland||On December 6, 1917||Independence Day of Finland Independence from Russia in 1917.|
|Georgia||On May 26, 1918 and April 9, 1991||05-26 May 26 Day of First Republic in 1918; April 9 Independence from USSR in 1991.|
|Ghana||On March 6, 1957||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.|
|Greece||On March 25, 1821||Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire in 1821. Start of the Greek War of Independence|
|Grenada||On February 7, 1974||Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1974.|
|Guatemala||On September 15, 1821||Independence from Spain in 1821.|
|Guinea||On October 2, 1958||Independence from France in 1958.|
|Guyana||On May 26, 1966||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.|
|Honduras||On September 15, 1821||Independence from Spain in 1821.|
|Iceland||On December 1, 1918||Independence from Kingdom of Denmark in 1918.|
|India||On August 15, 1947||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.|
|Indonesia||On August 17, 1945||Declaration of Independence day from the Netherlands in 1945. The Netherlands acknowledged Indonesian independence and sovereignty in 1949.|
|Iran||On February 11, 1979||Iranian Revolution ends Monarchy in 1979.|
|Ireland||On April 24, 1916||Proclamation of the Irish Republic commencing the Easter Rising on April 24, 1916. Independence from the United Kingdom.|
|Israel||On May 14, 1948||(Yom Ha’atzmaut) Independence from the British Mandate of Palestine which took place on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar 5708 in the Hebrew calendar). It is actually celebrated on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nearest to 5 Iyar, so it actually occurs between the 3rd and 6th of Iyar, which may fall between April 15 and May 15 in the Gregorian calendar.|
|Jamaica||On August 6, 1962||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.|
|Jordan||On May 25, 1946||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1946.|
|Kazakhstan||On December 16, 1991||Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.|
|Kenya||On December 12, 1963||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.|
|Korea, North||On September 9, 1948||Founding of the DPRK in 1948.|
|Korea, South||On August 15, 1945||Independence from Japan in 1945. (Independence from Japan was declared on March 1, 1919, August 15 is the official Liberation Day of Korea.)|
|Kuwait||On June 19, 1961||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.|
|Kyrgyzstan||On August 31, 1991||Independence from USSR in 1991.|
|Latvia||On November 18, 1918 and May 4, 1990||Independence from Russia on November 18, 1918. Independence from Soviet Union on May 4, 1990|
|Lebanon||On November 22, 1943||Independence from France in 1943.|
|Lesotho||On October 4, 1966||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.|
|Liberia||On July 26, 1847||1847.|
|Libya||On December 24, 1951||Independence from Italy. However, celebration of this day was abolished after the “revolution” of September 1, 1969.|
|Lithuania||On February 16, 1918 and March 11. 1990||Act of Independence of Lithuania: Independence from the Russian and German Empires in February, 1918; Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania: independence from the Soviet Union in March, 1990.|
|Madagascar||On June 26, 1960||Independence from France in 1960.|
|Malawi||On July 6, 1964||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.|
|Malaysia||On August 31, 1957||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957|
|Maldives||On July 26, 1965||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 join|
|Mali||On September 22, 1960||Independence from France in 1960|
|Malta||On September 21, 1964||(Independence Day (Malta)) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.|
|Mauritius||On March 12, 1968||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.|
|Moldova||On August 27, 1991||Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991|
|Mongolia||On November 26, 1921||Independence from China on July 11, 1921|
|Montenegro||On May 21, 2006||Independence from State union with Serbia, in 2006|
|Morocco||On November 18, 1956||Independence from France and Spain in 1956|
|Mozambique||On June 25, 1975||Independence from Portugal in 1975|
|Burma||On January 4, 1948||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948|
|Namibia||On March 21, 1990||Independence from South African mandate in 1990|
|Netherlands||On May 5, 1945||Liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945|
|Nicaragua||On September 15, 1821||Independence from Spain in 1821|
|Niger||On August 3, 1960||Independence from France in 1960|
|Nigeria||On October 1, 1960||Independence from United Kingdom in 1960|
|Pakistan||On August 14, 1947||Independence from the United Kingdom on 27 Ramadan ul Mubarik, August 14, 1947.|
|Panama||On November 3, 1903||Emancipation and Liberation from Spain on November 28th in 1821, but Panama was a part of Colombia. The 1903 separation and independence from Colombia is celebrated as the official national Panamanian independence day on November 3, Separation Day,also known as Independence from Colombia).|
|Papua New Guinea||On September 16, 1975||Independence from Australia of the former Territories of New Guinea, and Papua, in 1975.|
|Paraguay||On May 15, 1811||(Día de Independencia) Independence from Spain in 1811.|
|Peru||On July 28, 1821||Independence from Spain in 1821.|
|Philippines||On June 12,||The proclamation date of the 1898 Declaration of Independence by Emilio Aguinaldo during the Philippine Revolution is celebrated as Independence Day. The Republic of the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation on July 4, 1946.|
|Poland||On November 11, 1918||Restoration of Poland’s independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia.|
|Qatar||On December 18, 1878||The assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani, ancestor of the current ruling family, in 1878.|
|Macedonia||On September 8, 1991||Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.|
|Romania||On May 9, 1877||Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877.|
|Russia||On June 12, 1990||Supremacy of Russian laws over Soviet ones in the territory of the RSFSR is declared in 1990.|
|Rwanda||On July 1, 1962||Independence from Belgium in 1962.|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||On September 19, 1983||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.|
|Samoa||On June 1, 1962||Independence from New Zealand in 1962.|
|Sao Tome and Principe||On July 12, 1975||Independence from Portugal in 1975.|
|Seychelles||On June 29, 1976||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1976.|
|Sierra Leone||On April 27, 1961||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.|
|Singapore||On August 9, 1965||(National Day Parade) Marks exit / separation from Malaysia in 1965.|
|Slovakia||On July 17, 1992||Declaration of Independence in 1992 (only a remembrance day), de jure independence came on January 1, 1993 after the division of Czechoslovakia (public holiday).|
|Slovenia||On December 26, 1990 and June 25, 1991||(Independence and Unity Day) Date of the release of the official results of the independence plebiscite in 1990, confirming secession from Yugoslavia. (Statehood Day) Declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.|
|Solomon Islands||On July 7, 1978||Marks independence from United Kingdom in 1978.|
|South Africa||On December 11, 1931||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1931. Not a public holiday. Union of South Africa formed on May 31, 1910 and Republic of South Africa declared on May 31, 1961|
|Sri Lanka||On February 4, 1948||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948.|
|Sudan||On January 1, 1956||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1956.|
|Suriname||On November 25, 1975||Independence from the Netherlands in 1975.|
|Swaziland||On September 6, 1968||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.|
|Tajikistan||On September 9, 1991||Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.|
|Tanzania||On December 9, 1961||Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1961.|
|Gambia, The||On February 18, 1965||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.|
|Togo||On April 27, 1960||Independence from France in 1960.|
|Tonga||On June 4,||Tonga was never a colony, but late King’s birthday was celebrated on 4 July.|
|Trinidad and Tobago||On August 31, 1962||Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.|
|Tunisia||On March 20, 1956||Declaration of independence from France in 1956.|
|Turkey||On October 29, 1923||Turkey becomes a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire Turkish War of Independence|
|Turkmenistan||On October 27, 1991||Declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.|
|Ukraine||On August 24, 1991 and January 22, 1919||Independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991. Unification of Ukraine on January 22, 1919.|
|United Arab Emirates||On December 2, 1971||(National Day) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971.|
|Uruguay||On August 25, 1825||(Día de la Independencia) Declaration of independence from Brazil in 1825.|
|Uzbekistan||On September 1, 1991||Independence from USSR in 1991.|
|Vanuatu||On July 30, 1980||Independence from United Kingdom and France in 1980.|
|Holy See (Vatican City)||On February 11, 1929||Lateran Treaty signed with Italy in 1929.|
|Venezuela||On July 5, 1811||Declaration of independence from Spain in 1811.|
|Vietnam||On September 2, 1945||Proclamation of independence from Japan and France in 1945.|
|Yemen||On November 30, 1967||South Yemen Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1967.|
|Zambia||On October 24, 1964||Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1964.|
|Zimbabwe||On April 18, 1980||Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1980.|
Some day, maybe all humans will have independence. It is a dear thing we have, so celebrate heartily and enjoy your freedom.
God Bless The U.S.A. and let freedom ring!
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.