Independence Day in Poland Date in the current year: November 11, 2016

Independence Day in Poland National Independence Day is a public holiday in Poland celebrated on November 11. It commemorates the establishment of the Second Polish Republic in 1918. Restoration of Poland's sovereignty coincided with the end of the First World War.

Sovereign Poland ceased to exist after the Third Partition of Poland (1795), when the territory of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was divided between the Russian Empire, the Austrian Empire, and Prussia. Poland became able to regain its independence, when the empires collapsed as a result of WWI. On November 11, 1918, Józef Piłsudski arrived in Warsaw and assumed control of Poland.

National Independence Day was instituted as a public holiday in 1937. It was celebrated twice before WWII broke out. It was not celebrated officially under the Communist regime, although come people observed it informally. Independence Day of Poland was restored in 1989 and has been celebrated very year ever since.

Independence Day is a national holiday and a non-working day in Poland. It is widely celebrated throughout the country with official speeches and ceremonies, parades, marches, concerts, firework displays. The main military parade is held at the Piłsudski Square in the capital city of Warsaw. It includes a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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