Flag Day in Panama

In Panama, the 4th of November is known as Flag Day, and it celebrates the country’s flag. However, it is not observed on the date the flag was created or the date it was adopted. Instead, this holiday is commemorated on the day following Panama’s separation from Colombia in 1903.

The Panamanian flag is one with a rich history, and many residents of Panama take the time to celebrate it. As such, this day is a public holiday when many businesses and government offices are closed, and many people have the day off work.

The History of the Panamanian Flag Day

Maria de la Ossa de Amador created the flag of Panama, and it was officially adopted on March 25th, 1925. She produced three copies of the flag with the help of her sister-in-law and her niece. All of these flags were flown when Panama achieved independence, over Panama City. Copies of these original three flags were widely distributed.

The Panama flag was designed to reflect the political situation in the country at that time. The blue represented the country’s Conservative Party, the red represented the country’s Liberal Party, and the white was designed to stand for peace. The red star represents authority and law, the blue star stands for honesty and purity, and together, the stars represent the new republic.

Observing Panamanian Flag Day

This holiday is observed with flag-raising ceremonies, particularly in Panama City, and in towns across the country. There are also parades, the playing of the Panamanian anthem, and other patriotic events. People use the day off to visit with loved ones or to participate in some of the festivals that take place. On social media, the hashtag #FlagDayPanama can be used to promote this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Panama (Common local holidays)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 4 Monday
Next year (2025)
November 4 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
November 4 Saturday