Iceland Independence Day

Iceland Independence Day

June 17
Iceland was proclaimed an independent republic on June 17, 1944. Sometimes referred to as National Day, the anniversary of this event is also the birthday of Jón Sigurdsson, the nation's 19th-century leader. A varied program of parades, speeches, sporting competitions, outdoor concerts and shows, and amusements culminates in the evening with dancing in the streets of Reykjavik and other towns.
Another National Day was December 1, the anniversary of the 1918 treaty recognizing Iceland as an independent state under the Danish crown. This is now largely a student celebration.
CONTACTS:
Icelandic Tourist Board
655 Third Ave., Ste. 1810
New York, NY 10017
212-885-9700; fax: 212-885-9710
www.goiceland.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 101
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 85
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