Independence Restoration Day in Estonia

Independence Restoration Day is a public holiday that’s observed annually on August 20th in Estonia. This holiday commemorates Estonia officially declaring its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 after an attempted coup by Communist hard-liners in Moscow.

This would proceed the country’s formal independence from the former Soviet Union on September 6th, 1991. In Estonia, this holiday is known as “Tasiseseisvumispäev” and it’s a day off for the general population. It’s also a day on which many businesses and non-essential government offices are closed for the day. On this day, events take place all across the country.

The History Of Independence Restoration Day In Estonia

On the 20th day of August in 1991, there was an attempted coup by Communist hardliners in Moscow. Russian troops were dispatched to the capital city of Estonia, Tallinn, to support the coup. However, Estonian organizers protected the TV broadcast tower so that the hardliners couldn’t use it to broadcast propaganda.

After successfully securing the broadcast tower, the Estonian government then proclaimed the restoration of Estonian independence. Independence in Estonia would officially be recognized by the former Soviet Union on September 6th, 1991.

Observing Independence Restoration Day In Estonia

This holiday is celebrated in a number of different ways. There’s usually a flag-raising ceremony at the Governor’s Garden where the President and Prime Minister deliver speeches. There is also music provided by choirs and flowers are formerly laid at the Memorial Stone.

As the day continues on, there are parades, open-air concerts, and festivals all across Estonia. There are displays of military equipment, street food, and there’s plenty of music played by local and international bands. This is a holiday to celebrate Estonian independence and freedom and it’s a holiday that Estonians don’t take lightly.

Where is it celebrated?
Estonia (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
August 20 Sunday
Next year (2024)
August 20 Tuesday
Last year (2022)
August 20 Saturday