Army Day in Chile

Army Day is a national holiday that’s observed annually in Chile on the 19th of September. This holiday falls on the day after Independence Day and is also known as the Day of the Glories of the Chilean Army in Chile. Because this is the second day of a two-part holiday, it’s usually observed with a grand parade led by Chilean military forces.

It’s also a day off for the general population, and it’s a day when schools, businesses, and government offices are closed. This is a day on which everyone in the country can enjoy the festive atmosphere and take pride in their country.

The History of Army Day in Chile

On the 19th of September, the inauguration of the First Government Junta took place in Santiago, and with that momentous event came the nation’s first military parade. In 1916, the September 19th date was sanctioned as Chilean Army Day by a presidential decree issued by President Ramón Barros Luco.

This was then turned into Law 2977 by Chile’s National Congress. This law celebrated the first full day of an independent Chile, the Army, and the 1810 inauguration of the first government. It has been celebrated every year ever since.

Observing Army Day in Chile

One of the main celebrations of Chilean Army Day is the Grand Parade. This military parade is held in O’Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile. There is also an airshow, color guards, and the whole event is attended by Chile’s President, as well as other politicians and civic leaders. Since it’s the day after Independence Day, this is also a holiday that wraps up celebrations for this two-day holiday. There are festivals, street food, dancing, music, and a wide range of other activities on this day. On social media, the hashtag #ArmyDayChile can be used to spread the word about this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Chile (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 19 Thursday
Next year (2025)
September 19 Friday
Last year (2023)
September 19 Tuesday