National Sovereignty Day
National Sovereignty Day is a national holiday in Argentina that is observed on the fourth Monday in November every year. Also known as Día de la Soberanía Nacional, this day commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado on November 20, 1845.
The Argentine Confederation fought against the Anglo-French Navy during this battle, while the city of Rio de la Plata was being blockaded. Although the Argentine Confederation ended up losing the battle, French and British forces suffered heavy losses that forced them to consider negotiating a treaty with the Governor of Buenos Aires, Juan Manuel de Rosas.
The History of National Sovereignty Day
National Sovereignty Day was created in 1974, not only as a remembrance of the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado but also to remember the fight that Argentina put up against the colonial powers that attempted to dominate it.
November 20 was originally the date for the observance of this holiday, but that was changed in 2010 when it was determined that this holiday should be celebrated on the fourth Monday of November. That’s how it has been celebrated ever since.
Observing National Sovereignty Day
National Sovereignty Day is celebrated all across Argentina with parades, speeches, and festivals. People outside of the country can also observe this day by learning more about the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado or by enjoying some authentic Argentine cuisine and culture. While you’re observing this day, everyone should be sure to use the hashtag #NationalSovereigntyDay on their social media accounts to spread the word about it.