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Liberation Day
Nicaragua

Liberation Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Nicaragua

Liberation Day in Nicaragua is celebrated annually on 19 July, the day when the Sandinista rebels marched victoriously into the capital city of Managua after overthrowing the Somoza dictatorship two days earlier.

YearDateDayHoliday
202119 JulMonLiberation Day
202219 JulTueLiberation Day
202319 JulWedLiberation Day
202419 JulFriLiberation Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The background of this event takes you to 1936, when the Somoza family seized control of the government. They continued to rule as dictators for decades, and the United States offered them a degree of support and encouragement during this period.

In the 1960’s, opposition to the Somozos began to foment, and a liberation army named “Sandinista” after a revolutionary with the last name “Sandino” soon was formed. Sandino had led earlier rebellions against U.S. encroachments in Nicaragua in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

The Sandinista Revolution is controversial in the United States since it had Communist leanings and ties to the Soviet Union and because of the secret funding of Nicaraguan “Contras” by President Reagan. In Nicaragua, however, the anniversary of the revolution’s success functions as the national independence day. It is celebrated with fireworks displays, patriotic parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and other events with great zeal.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202019 JulSunLiberation Day
201919 JulFriLiberation Day
201819 JulThuLiberation Day
201719 JulWedLiberation Day