Independence Day in Uruguay

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

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

The History of Independence Day in Uruguay

In 1822, Brazil gained its independence from Portugal, and then three years later, on August 25, 1825, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. This began the Argentina-Brazil War, a conflict that lasted until 1828 when the British negotiated a truce that led 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. Here, 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 is one of the longest national anthems in the world and lasts about five minutes. However, most people only sing the first verse and chorus, so it is not quite that long for them.

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

Where is it celebrated?
Uruguay (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 25 Sunday
Next year (2025)
August 25 Monday
Last year (2023)
August 25 Friday