Independence Day in Uruguay

Independence Day is known as Dia de la Independencia in Uruguay and it’s observed annually on August 25th. This holiday commemorates the country’s independence from Brazil on this date in 1825. Uruguay is a country that’s located on the River Plate and has been colonized by a variety of different European powers over the years — including British, Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazillian powers.

Since this holiday is a day on which businesses, schools, and many government offices are closed, it’s a day off for the general population and a chance for people to enjoy some of the events of the day.

The History Of Independence Day In Uruguay

In 1822, Brazil gained its independence from Portugal and then 3-years later, on August 25, 1825, Uruguay would declare its independence from Brazil. This began the Argentina-Brazil War, a conflict that lasted until 1828 when the British negotiated a truce that would lead to Brazil recognizing the independence of Uruguay. Independence Day has been celebrated in the country ever since.

Observing Independence Day In Uruguay

The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, hosts most of the country’s main Independence Day ceremonies. It’s here that people can listen to public speeches given by politicians and civic leaders, and a recital of the country’s national anthem. Speaking of Uruguay’s national anthem, it’s one of the longest national anthems in the world and lasts about 5-minutes. However, most people only sing the first verse and chorus, so it’s not quite that long for them.

Of course, speeches and the singing of Uruguay’s national anthem aren’t the only events that occur in this country on Independence Day. There are also open-air concerts, festivals, parades, and even fireworks for people to enjoy. It’s also a great day for food, with dishes like Chivito, Empanadas, Choripan, and Torta Fritas taking center stage.

Where is it celebrated?
Uruguay (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
August 25 Friday
Next year (2024)
August 25 Sunday
Last year (2022)
August 25 Thursday