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Independence Day

Independence Day 2025 and 2026 in Haiti

Every 1 January is Independence Day in Haiti, for it was on 1 January 1804 that Haitian independence was declared from the French colonial empire.

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The war for independence is certainly remembered at this time of year, along with the new era it started at the beginning of a new year. Many Haitians will keep this day by wearing new clothes, visiting friends and family, and exchanging gifts.

But they will also attend parades, like the one in Port-au-Prince, visit the National Palace, sing their national anthem and wave their country’s flag, watch fireworks displays or set off their own fireworks, and even dance for joy in the streets.

Previous Years

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