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Independence Day
Ghana

Independence Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Ghana

Ghana celebrates is independence day every 6 March, commemorating the day in 1957 when it ended its status as a British colony. Led by Kwame Nkrumah and the other members of “The Big Six”, Ghana successfully won its freedom after a decade-long campaign of the United Gold Coast Convention between 1947 and 1957.

YearDateDayHoliday
20216 MarSatIndependence Day
20226 MarSunIndependence Day
7 MarMonIndependence Day Holiday
20236 MarMonIndependence Day
20246 MarWedIndependence Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

In the decade following Ghana’s independence, 30 more African nations emerged from colonialism, in keeping with the vision and the independence speech of Kwame Nkrumah. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan nation to free itself from foreign rule, and this led to the eruption of independence movements all over the continent.

Ghana’s flag was also adopted on 6 March, 1957. The top stripe is red, standing for the blood shed in the struggle for independence. The middle stripe is yellow, symbolising Ghana’s enormous mineral wealth, particularly and historically in gold. And the bottom stripe is green, in reference to the nation’s forest lands.

Independence Day is a time of street partying, parading school children in Accra’s Black Star Square, and a special presidential speech. It is a time to reaffirm national unity as well as national sovereignty.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20206 MarFriIndependence Day
20196 MarWedIndependence Day
20186 MarTueIndependence Day
20176 MarMonIndependence Day