Saint Kitts and Nevis

national day

Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrates its National Day annually on the 19th September. This day is also known as Independence Day. This as it marks the country’s independence from British colonial rule in 1983. This process however stated in the 1960’s.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Firstly a very brief history. Much like other Caribbean nations Saint Kitts and Nevis also started demanding greater self-governance and autonomy from the British colonial authorities. Then in 1967 obtained some self-government and became an associated state of the United Kingdom. They had only been allowed to manage their internal affairs only. This status however was changed in 1978 when the constitution was changed to provide for a greater level of autonomy.

Calls for full independence continued and then in 1980 a referendum was held to determine.  The referendum was successful, with over 60% of the population voting in favor of independence. Then negotiations between the British government and the leaders of Saint Kitts and Nevis followed. On the 19th September 1983 the country became an independent country with full sovereignty over all its affairs.

See also the National Day of Antigua and Barbuda and the National Day of Trinidad and Tobago.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Public Holidays

The following is a list of the country’s public holidays:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1st
  • Carnival Monday – varies (typically in February or March)
  • Carnival Tuesday – varies (typically in February or March)
  • Good Friday – varies (typically in March or April)
  • Easter Monday – varies (typically in March or April)
  • Labour Day – May 1st
  • Whit Monday – varies (typically in May or June)
  • Emancipation Day – August 2nd
  • National Heroes Day – September 16th
  • Independence Day – September 19th
  • Christmas Day – December 25th
  • Boxing Day – December 26th
See also  National Day of Latvia


Note that the dates for Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday vary each year,