On 17 June every year Iceland celebrates Iceland’s Independence Day. It is is an annual holiday in Iceland which commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland on 17 June 1944. The date of Iceland’s independence, the 17th of June, was chosen as it was the birthdate of Jón Sigurðsson, who fought hard for Iceland to gain independence. Icelanders celebrate this holiday on a national scale. There are some celebrations happening around the country which include parades, speeches are held out in the open, clad in Skautbúningur, pop-up stalls selling cotton candy, street theater, sideshows, flags, circus, and dance, and other ceremonies are over, the less formal celebration usually musical events.
About Icelandic National Day:
Icelandic National Day celebrated on June 17th, an annual holiday in Iceland which commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland on 17 June 1944. The formation of the republic was based on a clause in the 1918 Act of Union with Denmark. The Act recognized Iceland as an independent state under the Danish crown. The Act was allowed for a revision in 1943, but a vote on the revision to the Act was delayed until after the Second World War. After the Second World War Denmark was occupied by the Germans and Denmark ruled over Iceland in name only. In 1944, on June 17, Iceland declared independence. June 17th was chosen as Iceland’s National Holiday because of the date is most significant in Iceland’s history as it is the birthday of Jón Sigurdsson who pioneered the early independence movement which led to the 1918 Act of Union.
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