Independence Day in Panama

On November 28th each year, Panama celebrates its independence from Spain. In 1821, Panama became an independent country, and this holiday is part of a series of holidays that give Panamanians a 3-day break. The holidays that occur during the beginning of November include Separation Day, Flag Day, and Colon Day.

This is then followed by Los Santos Uprising Day on the 10th of November and is subsequently followed by Independence Day. However, this holiday is the main one observed and is celebrated with a full parade, fireworks, concerts, festivals, and another day off for the general public.

The History of Independence Day in Panama

During the 16th century, the indigenous tribes of Panama came under Spanish control. This was subsequently followed by waves of settlers from Spain. From the 16th through the 19th century, Panama was governed as part of the Viceroyalty of Peru.

During the 19th century, independence movements began to sweep not only through Panama but also through Central and South America. The first cry of independence was made by a small town called Villa de Los Santos on November 10th, 1821. On November 28th of that year, there was an open town meeting in which Panama was declared independent from Spain. The region then became part of the Republic of Greater Colombia to protect itself from Spanish retribution.

Observing Independence Day in Panama

All across Panama, this holiday is celebrated with festivals and fireworks, sporting events, and concerts, as well as cultural events. But it’s Panamanian food that really takes center stage on this holiday, with many people enjoying traditional Panamanian dishes such as chicken tamales, rice with chicken, turkey, relleno, and puerco asado. It’s also a holiday on which many people visit their loved ones to enjoy these great dishes and to just hang out.

Where is it celebrated?
Panama (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 3 Sunday
Next year (2025)
November 3 Monday
Last year (2023)
November 3 Friday