Independence Day is the main state holiday in modern Ukraine, celebrated on Aug. 24. On this day in 1991, the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR passed the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. The event was preceded by an attempt of coup d'etat in the Soviet Union that triggered an extraordinary session of the Ukrainian parliament. In this very session, on Aug. 24, 1991, the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine was adopted. On the same day, the Verkhovna Rada decided to hold a national referendum to confirm the historical document together with the presidential elections on Dec. 1, 1991. More than 90 percent of citizens voted for Ukraine's independence then.
A military parade on Khreshchatyk Street and Independence Square in Kyiv will be the key event of today. It will start at 10 a.m. After the parade, at 12 p.m., relatives of fallen anti-terrorist operation fighters and the Heavenly Hundred heroes, volunteers, doctors, military chaplains will take part in the March of Unbowed in downtown Kyiv.
In the evening, Independence Square will see a concert of a large symphonic orchestra with the participation of musicians, peers of independence. Start at 9 p.m.
A concert of the Interior Ministry orchestra and Horlytsia musical group will kick off at 3 p.m. on Kontraktova Square. Kobza and bandura players will be performing on Mykhailivska Square, while the Mini Miss Ukraine contest is to be held on Sofiiska Square.
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