Independence Day in Bolivia

Independence Day is a public holiday observed annually in Bolivia on the 6th of August. If this holiday falls on a weekend instead of a weekday, it is usually observed on an alternate day of the week, typically a Monday.

This holiday is known in Spanish as “Día de la Patria” and commemorates the signing of the Bolivian Declaration of Independence on this date in 1825. Nowadays, the holiday is celebrated with public speeches, the singing of the Bolivian anthem, parades, festivals, and a variety of other special events.

The History of Independence Day in Bolivia

During the 16th century, the region now known as Bolivia came under Spanish colonial rule. At the time, it was known as Charcas. Some people wanted self-governance for the region, while others felt the need to remain loyal to the King of Spain.

On May 25th, 1809, the Chuquisaca Revolution marked the first popular uprising in Latin America and led to the Bolivian War of Independence. This war lasted for 16 years, until August 6th, 1825, when colonial forces were defeated. In honor of Simón Bolívar, who led the fight for independence, Charcas was renamed Bolivia.

Observing Independence Day in Bolivia

Many major events celebrated on this holiday take place in the capital of Bolivia, Sucre. These include a military parade, speeches by prominent members of the government, and flag-raising ceremonies. However, smaller celebrations are held throughout the country for Independence Day. These include street parties, cultural festivals, exhibitions, and many other activities.

Because this is a public holiday, many non-essential government offices, schools, and businesses are closed for the day. As with any independence holiday celebrated in any country, this is a day for the general population to give thanks for the freedoms they enjoy and to remember the people who helped make their independence possible.

Where is it celebrated?
Bolivia (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 6 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
August 6 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
August 6 Sunday