Independence Day in Poland

In Poland, the 11th of November is a special day. It’s a holiday that commemorates the country’s independence, a day when the country escaped from being partitioned under Austrian, Prussian, and Russian rule. As is the case with most countries’ independence days, this holiday is a national holiday in Poland.

It’s a day when the general population enjoys a much-earned day off, and it’s a day when many businesses, government offices, and schools are closed. All across the country, there’s a party atmosphere with parades, festivals, and other special events for people to look forward to on this day.

The History of Independence Day in Poland

For over 120 years, Poland had been partitioned under the rule of Austria, Prussia, and Russia. This changed after World War I on November 11th, 1918, when the partition was removed, and the country became a fully independent state.

In 1937, this day was declared a national holiday and had been observed as one until it became a communist regime at the end of World War II at Stalin’s request. The day wouldn’t become a national holiday again until 1989 when it was finally reinstated.

Observing Independence Day in Poland

This holiday is celebrated in the way one would expect independence day celebrations to be observed. People spend time with their loved ones, enjoying food, and attending one of the many events located all across the country. On this day, there are parades, festivals, cultural events, and other festive celebrations.

This is a day for family reunions, firework displays, and of course, food. Because it’s a national holiday, schools and government offices are closed, as are banks, post offices, and many private businesses. And as if all of that wasn’t enough, there are also musical events all over the country on this day. In some places, these are small troupes of musicians, and in other places, there are large concerts.

Where is it celebrated?
Poland (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 11 Monday
Next year (2025)
November 11 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
November 11 Saturday