Peru Independence Day

Peru Independence Day

July 28-29
Peru had been a colony of Spain for nearly 300 years when Simon Bolívar (1783-1830), along with JosÉ San Martín (1778-1850), led the Battle of Ayacucho in 1824 that resulted in the end of Spanish rule of Bolivia and Peru. San Martín had declared independence on July 28, 1821, but Peru's sovereignty was not secured until Bolívar's forces defeated the Spanish at Ayacucho. Bolívar then became the ruler of Peru ( see also Bolivia Independence Day).
Celebrated all over Peru, Independence Day is a public holiday. In the south, festivities also take place on July 25, St. James's Day.
CONTACTS:
Commission for the Promotion of Peru
Calle Uno Oeste No. 50, piso 13th
Urb. Corpac
Lima, 27 Peru
51-1-4224-3131; fax: 51-1-224-7134
www.promperu.gob.pe
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 124
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 127