Independence Day of Ukraine is celebrated annually on August 24 to commemorate the Declaration of Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. It is a day for remembering the country’s heroes who fought and died to gain their country’s sovereignty.
Among the usual activities held to mark the day are parades, concerts, public markets and fairs, carnivals/circus performances, sports events, outdoor exhibitions, and fireworks. Many of the citizens will don their native costumes, and the Ukrainian flag will be proudly displayed throughout the country. The Independence Day festivities will also feature a fly-over of military aircraft and a demonstration of weapons and military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other military units on Kyev’s Mykhailivska Square.