Algeria Independence Day

Algeria Independence Day

July 5
On this day in 1962, more than 100 years of French rule in Algeria came to an end as France officially recognized a referendum for independence that was passed by a vote of the Algerian people on July 1. Algerians had struggled for independence, or at least equality with the French occupants of their land, with organized movements for revolution since the end of World War I. Independence Day is a legal holiday in Algeria.
Another important celebration takes place on Algeria National Day, which commemorates the day the successful revolution against the French began.
CONTACTS:
Algerian Embassy
2118 Kalorama Rd. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-265-2800; fax: 202-667-2174
www.algeria-us.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 112