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National Day of Iceland

17. júní - 17th of June 

Iceland's National Day, June 17, is celebrated every year to commemorate the establishment of a republic in Iceland in 1944. Before that time, however, the day also had a place in the hearts of Icelanders, because June 17 was Jón Sigurðsson's birthday (1811-1879), Iceland's main hero of independence. The day was chosen as a national holiday to honour his contribution to the Icelandic struggle for independence from Denmark. The first records of a glorious celebration on June 17 were from the year 1907 when Jón's birthday was commemorated with a trumpet blast and speeches at Austurvellir in Reykjavík; the gathering numbered 4-6 thousand people or about half of all townspeople.

A ceremony by the Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office will begin at Austurvellir at 11.10, but it will be televised and broadcast on RÚV— the President of Iceland, Mr Guðni Th. Jóhannesson lays a wreath from the Icelandic nation in memory of Jón Sigurðsson and the Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir will deliver a keynote speech. Fjallkonan delivers an address, but there is always a secret about who she is until the ceremony.

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Events on the 17th of June

Morning ceremony at Austurvöllur
National Day Celebrations
17th of June Klambratún
17th of June in Hljómskálagarður
Leikhópurinn Lotta
Bogomil Font og milljónamæringarnir
The Creative Summer Groups and The Street Theatre on Independence Day
Accordion Dance
Historical fencing
Langi seli & Skuggarnir on 17th of June
Jumping castles
Brynja Péturs Dancegroup
Independence day activities next to Laugardalsvöllur
Group drive and car show of the Krúser Club
Nota Bene
Inner Earth - Creative Summer Group
Circus Karnival
Pocketful of Dance! Creative Summer Croup of Hitt Húsið.
The Soundbank - Creative Summer Group of Hitt Húsið
Spilling Sincerity - Creative Summer Group
Lubrication Station
Dansstúdíó World Class í Hljómskálagarði
Hitt Húsið Street Theatre