National Anthem & Flag Day

Aruba National Anthem & Flag Day
Monday, March 18, 2019

On March 18, 1948, at a conference in The Hague, Aruban leader Shon A. Eman presented a petition signed by more than 2,000 Arubans in favor of independence. Thirty years later, during a parliamentary session on March 16, it was agreed that March 18 would be Aruba's National Day, the official celebration of Aruba's national anthem and flag. Every year on this day, businesses across the island close and everyone comes out en masse to celebrate with waving flags and parties. The celebration takes place at Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad.

Plaza Betico Croes
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