Independence Day in Zimbabwe Date in the current year: April 18, 2016

Independence Day in Zimbabwe Independence Day in Zimbabwe is celebrated on April 18. It celebrates the country's independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.

South Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) became as self-governing colony of the UK in 1923. After WWII, it was ruled by the white minority. The United Kingdom adopted the “no independence before majority rule” policy and refused to recognize the independence of South Rhodesia unless it implements majority rule.

In 1965, the Rhodesian Front that supported white minority rule proclaimed independence of Rhodesia. This declaration of independence was not recognized by the UK and sparked a civil war that lasted for 15 years. Zimbabwe officially became an independent state ruled by majority on April 18, 1980.

Zimbabwe Independence Day is celebrated by holding flag hoisting ceremonies and solemn speeches. A military parade is held in Harare, the country's capital. Public celebrations usually take place at one of the two large stadiums in Harare, the National Sports Stadium or Rufao Stadium.

However, the celebrations have been subdued over the past few years due to socioeconomic problems. Many business owners prefer to keep operating on this day, despite the fact that Independence Day is a non-working public holiday.

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