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Independence Day

Independence Day celebrates the date India became an independent nation on August 15, 1947.

Upcoming Dates For Independence Day

The celebration of Independence falls on the 15th of every August. Here is a list of upcoming dates for celebration:

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Saturday, August 15, 2020
  • Sunday, August 15, 2021
  • Monday, August 15, 2022
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023
  • Thursday, August 15, 2024
  • Friday, August 15, 2025

Where Is Independence Day Considered a Holiday?

It is a holiday everywhere in India. Almost everything will be closed on this day. From government offices to local shops. It's uncommon to see shops open, although it does happen. Shops and stores that choose to open will likely be closed earlier than usual. There is public transportation in some areas, while others suffer from unavailability. Also, there is bound to be traffic delays due to the parades. Many streets may even be closed in the areas closest.

Festivities & Events During Independence Day

During Independence Day, people in India celebrate independence. They also offer tribute to the people who lost their lives fighting for India's freedom. Government buildings will decorate days prior to the celebrations. They will become illuminated against the sky, with strings of light. Other buildings, and even homes will also choose to decorate. There are often contests in the media. There are articles written to promote the importance of the day. There are also movies shown on television about the fight for freedom. The president of India also delivers the "Address to the Nation" on the evening before Independence Day. The prime minister holds the flag of India while giving a speech as well. There are many ceremonies in schools and other organizations. Many of these involve lifting up the flag. It's a great day to spend time with the family and other loved ones. It's also common that young children, and even older ones, will fly kites in the sky. Many can be seen across the skyline.

A Brief History About Independence Day

After a long-fought battle for independence, India became an independent nation on August 15, 1949. The battle for independence started in 1857. However, traction only gained after Mahatma Gandhi started the countrywide independence movement. The celebration of Independence Day marks the date they were successful. It's liberty was achieved at midnight on August 14th, as the day transitioned into the 15th. On this day, the first Indian prime minister (Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru) gave his famous speech "Tryst with Destiny".