Flag Day in Bolivia

Many countries around the world celebrate their flag by designating a Flag Day on their calendar, and Bolivia is no exception. They observe their Flag Day on August 17th because that is the date their flag was created in 1825. The Bolivian flag is a rectangular tricolor consisting of three horizontal stripes of equal width.

The top stripe, red, symbolizes the blood shed by the country’s people as they struggled for independence. The middle stripe, yellow, represents Bolivia’s resources. The bottom stripe, green, signifies the abundance of nature.

The History Of Flag Day In Bolivia

Eleven days after Bolivia declared independence from Spain, a new national flag was adopted on August 17th, 1825. This flag featured red and green stripes with a yellow star on the red, surrounded by a green wreath.

On July 25th, 1826, the Bolivian flag was updated to have horizontal stripes of yellow, red, and green with a coat of arms in the center. On November 5, 1851, the order of the stripes was changed to red, yellow, and green. Several more designs were introduced and adopted over the years, but the modern-day flag was adopted on July 14th, 1888.

Observing Flag Day In Bolivia

Because Flag Day is not a public holiday, businesses and government offices maintain normal operating hours. It is also a regular working day, and all public transportation operates on its usual schedule.

However, it is a day when the Bolivian flag is prominently displayed, as evidenced by its appearance on people’s homes, businesses, and government buildings. It is also a day for Bolivians to learn more about their country and heritage.

Where is it celebrated?
Bolivia (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 17 Saturday
Next year (2025)
August 17 Sunday
Last year (2023)
August 17 Thursday