Independence Day in Djibouti

Publicly observed in Djibouti on June 27th, Independence Day is a holiday that commemorates the country’s independence. It is a holiday that is not only observed within Djibouti but also within the diaspora communities that exist all around the world.

It is a day when people attend events, parades, and special commemoration ceremonies that highlight the struggle for independence and remind all of the citizens of the sacrifices that were made to make the country free. There is even special television programming that features documentaries that highlight the struggles of Djibouti’s independence.

The History of Independence Day in Djibouti

Originally, Djibouti was under French colonial rule during the 19th century. After WWII, its status was changed from a colony to an overseas territory located within the French Union. That means that it ended up with its own legislature and had representation in France’s Parliament.

This country would be known as French Somaliland until 1967. This is when it became the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas. When the call for independence began in Somalia, a referendum was held to decide whether the country should stay with France or join the Somali Republic. The vote came out in favor of staying a part of France.

In 1967, another referendum was held, and the result of that one was for the country to continue to stay with France. This continued on until May 8th, 1977, when the vote came in favor of independence from France. In fact, it won overwhelming support, with over 98% of the population voting for independence from France. On June 27, 1977, Djibouti gained its independence. That date has been celebrated as Independence Day ever since.

Observing Independence Day in Djibouti

This holiday is observed as many Independence Day celebrations around the world are celebrated. There are usually military parades, concerts, fairs, fireworks, and political speeches.

People usually get together for public and private events to enjoy time with friends and family members. And people enjoy traditional Djibouti foods such as Sambuussa, Fah-fah, Banana Fritters, and Sabayaad.

Where is it celebrated?
Djibouti (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
June 27 Thursday
Next year (2025)
June 27 Friday
Last year (2023)
June 27 Tuesday