Independence Day in Estonia Date in the current year: February 24, 2016

Independence Day in Estonia Independence Day in Estonia is annually celebrated on February 24. This national holiday celebrates the anniversary of the Estonian Declaration of Independence in 1918.

The holiday was established in 1919, when the Estonian Provisional Government decided to consider February 24 the date of declaration of independence. However, the arguments about changing the day began in 1930, when the government started discussion whether the holiday should be moved to another dates, since they are more important for the country.

One of the probable dates for celebration was February 23, since it is the day when the Manifest of All Peoples was published in Pärnu, declaring independence of democratic Republic of Estonia. The Manifest was published in Tallinn on February 24, thus it is considered as an official day of proclamation of independence.

Independence Day in Estonia is celebrated with concerts, parades, fireworks and parties. The president of Estonia annually organized special ceremony, where outstanding people are awarded with state decorations.

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