Independence Day is an official day off
Decision to celebrate the Independence Day on 3 July, the day of liberation of the Republic of Belarus from the German fascist invaders, was adopted at the republic referendum in 1996. The decision was actuated by the Decree No. 1 “On the establishment of the national holiday – the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus” of the President of the Republic of Belarus of 11 December 1996. Up until that time the Independence Day used to be celebrated on 27 July, the day of adoption of the Declaration on State Sovereignty in 1990.