Navy Day in Ukraine

In Ukraine, there’s a holiday that celebrates the founding of the Ukrainian Navy. This holiday is known as the Day of the Workers of the Ukrainian Navy, or simply Navy Day. This holiday is celebrated in July every year and has been celebrated since the mid-1990s.

This is mainly a holiday for the Ukrainian Navy to reflect on its professionalism. That’s why many members of this service are awarded rank advancements, medals, and honors. This holiday also features a naval parade at the seaport of Odessa.

The History of Navy Day in Ukraine

In August 1991, Ukraine declared its independence, and in 1992, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were created. From 2012 to 2015, this country had the same date for its Navy Day as Russia, which was the last Sunday of July.

In August 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that the country shouldn’t celebrate the holiday of Russia but instead should celebrate its own Navy Day. That is why this holiday was moved from the last Sunday in July to the first Sunday in July as ordered by a Presidential Decree on June 12, 2015.

Observing Navy Day in Ukraine

Starting with a naval parade in the port city of Odessa and continuing with many different commemorative services, this holiday is observed all across Ukraine. Distinguished employees of the service are given state awards, commemorative gifts, and even words of gratitude from their commanding officers. The hashtag #NavyDayUkraine can be used on social media to spread the news about this holiday online.

Where is it celebrated?
Ukraine (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 28 Sunday
Next year (2025)
July 27 Sunday
Last year (2023)
July 30 Sunday