Independence Day in Armenia

Observed every September 21st in Armenia, Independence Day is a holiday that commemorates the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. In modern history, this was the second time Armenia declared its independence. The first time was in 1918 when the First Republic of Armenia was formed.

This government was short-lived, however, because it was partitioned by Turkish Nationalist forces and Soviet Russia in 1920. This holiday is a day for great celebration in Armenia, with a wide range of different events held on this day. These include special military ceremonies, historical presentations, concerts, dancing, and the raising of the Armenian flag.

The History of Independence Day in Armenia

Over the course of its long history, Armenia has been ruled by several different empires, including the Ottoman and Persian empires. This changed when Armenia came under Russian rule during the 19th century. This lasted until the Russian Empire collapsed, and Armenia declared its own independence in 1918. Armenia remained independent until the 1920s when it became part of the Soviet Union.

For almost seven decades, Armenia remained part of the Soviet Union. In August of 1991, after the failed coup in Moscow, Armenia drew up a referendum for independence on September 21st, 1991. With this, Armenia became the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union. On October 16th, 1991, the first President of the Republic was elected.

Observing Independence Day in Armenia

Military parades are held every year in Armenia on this date, often at Republic Square in Yerevan. These parades are attended by high-ranking members of the military, civic leaders, and politicians. Of course, military parades aren’t the only way Independence Day is celebrated in Armenia. There is also a national awards ceremony, historical exhibitions, concerts, and other special events.

Where is it celebrated?
Armenia (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 21 Saturday
Next year (2025)
September 21 Sunday
Last year (2023)
September 21 Thursday