Date(s) - 02/09/2017
National Day in Vietnam falls every September 2nd and commemorates the day when Vietnam declared its independence from France at the end of World War II.
National Day was declared a public holiday following the unification of Vietnam under a single government at the end of the Vietnam War.
Vietnam first fell under colonial rule in 1887 when French forces invaded and made it a part of French Indochina. Resistance to foreign rule continued throughout the colonial period but intensified during World War II when the Japanese seized control of Vietnam. On September 2nd, 1945, as Japan’s influence was waning and while a French expeditionary force was on its way to reclaim control of France’s lost colony, Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of Vietnam before thousands gathered in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square.
Where National Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the following Monday.