The first capital of Kazakhstan was Almaty. On July 6, 1994 the Supreme Council made decision to move the capital to Astana. President Nursultan Nazarbayev approved this decision in 1997 and signed Presidential Decree on this issue on May 6, 1998. The same decree foresaw changing of name of the city from Akmoly to Astana.
Day of the Capital is celebrated from the day, when the city gained its status. Initially the day was celebrated on the city level only, and the original date was June 10. The decision to move the date of the holiday to July 6, the day of the parliamentary decision, was made in 2006.
And July 6 is also birthday of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and he celebrates his 77th birthday.