Belarus independence flag picture
Independence Day is a public holiday in Belarus. It is celebrated on July 3.
This is the national day of Belarus and it liberated Minsk on July 3, 1944.
History of Independence Day in Belarus
Most former Soviet states’ independence or national days are on the same date that marked the country’s independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
In Belarus, this was the case in 1990, when on July 27, 1990, the Supreme Council of Belarus declared the country independent of the USSR. This date was celebrated as Belarus Independence Day until 1996.
In 1996, the country’s first president, Alexander Lukashenko, oversaw a referendum in which nearly 90 per cent of Belarusians voted in favour of celebrating Independence Day on July 3. The date was chosen in honour of those who fought for the liberation of the capital, Minsk, from Nazi German occupation during the Great Patriotic War (World War II).