This national holiday in Russia is celebrated on June 12th. If Russia Day falls on a weekend, then an additional holiday on a weekday is usually declared. If the holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, an additional holiday on the Monday or Friday is often declared.
The National Day of the Russian Federation, Russia Day commemorates the formal adoption, on June 12th 1990 of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation which declared Russia's "independence" from the USSR.
History of Russia Day
Since 1991, this holiday in the world's largest country has changed its name twice. It was originally called 'Independence Day'.
In 1994 it was renamed to the catchy 'Day of the adoption of the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation' with the intention of commemorating the renewed independence of the country, the creation of the post of President, the adoption of the historical national flag, and a new national anthem
On February 1st 2002, it was officially renamed to Russia Day.
In accordance with this name, this holiday is generally celebrated as a show of patriotism for Russia.
It's celebrated in a similar way to Victory Day, with holiday events culminating in an evening fireworks display.
While it has been an official holiday since 1991, 2003 was really the first year that it was celebrated in a major way, when it was promoted by Vladimir Putin.