Republic Day in Trinidad And Tobago

In Trinidad and Tobago, Republic Day is a holiday observed annually on the 24th of September. If that date falls on a Sunday, then the holiday is moved to the following Monday so that all residents can have the opportunity to take the day off.

Although this holiday commemorates the country’s move to a republic, it does not fall on the date when the country’s new constitution was promulgated, but rather on the date when the country’s Parliament had its first session.

This date was chosen to ensure that it would not be confused with Independence Day. Because this is a national holiday, it is a day off for the population, and special celebratory events are held across the country.

The History of Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago

On August 31, 1962, Trinidad and Tobago proclaimed its independence from Great Britain. It remained a part of the British Commonwealth, however, with Queen Elizabeth II as the country’s head of state.

Trinidad and Tobago decided to abolish the monarchy in 1976 and become a republic within the British Commonwealth. On August 1 of that year, a new constitution was promulgated, and the country declared itself the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Sir Ellis Clarke, the former Governor-General, then became the country’s first president.

On September 24, 1976, the Republican Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago held its first session. It was then decided that this date should become Republic Day — a day that is distinguished from Independence Day but still celebrates the country’s sovereignty.

Observing Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago

On this holiday, there is a National Awards Ceremony that honors citizens who have contributed to and made sacrifices for the country. There are also parades, festivals, concerts, and other events held on this holiday to celebrate the republic.

Where is it celebrated?
Trinidad and Tobago (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 24 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
September 24 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
September 24 Sunday