Republic Day in Italy Date in the current year: June 2, 2016

Republic Day in Italy Italy annually observes Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) on June 2. This holiday celebrates establishment of the republic and exile of the male descendants of the House of Savoy.

The institutional referendum was held by universal suffrage on June 2, 1946, when the Italians had to decide, whether the country should remain a monarchy or become a republic. Majority of Italians voted for transition to the republic, the royal family the House of Savoy was exiled from the country.

Prior to the referendum, Italian national day was annually observed on the first Sunday in June, that was anniversary of the granting of the Statuto Albertino, the constitution of the Kingdom of Italy. This date was used for celebration of Republic Day till 1977, the date of June 2 became official only in 2000.

Republic Day is known for its military parades. The very first parade honoring the new republic was organized in 1948 and it hosted on Via Dei Fori Imperialy, a road in the center of Rome. Even today this road hosts the parades in celebration of Republic Day. The parade was canceled only thrice, in 1963, 1976 and 1992.

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