162nd Independence Day Official Festival Takes Place Monday In Gbarnga

Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
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The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation, declaring Sunday, July 26th as National Independence Day in commemoration of the One Hundred Sixty Second Independence (162nd) Anniversary of Liberia, which is to be observed throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.

Since this Year’s July 26 falls on Sunday, the Official Festival Celebration of the Day will be observed on Monday, July 27th in Gbarnga, Bong County.

Accordingly, President Johnson-Sirleaf has called on all citizens of the Republic and Foreign Residents within the borders of Liberia to appropriately observe the Day, and that all Government Offices and Business Houses are to be closed on Monday from six o’clock ante meridian to six o’clock post meridian.

The President has further directed that all citizens and Foreign Residents cooperate with their respective religious leaders by gathering together with one purpose in their various places of Worship before Monday to thank and praise Almighty God for His blessings over the years, and to beseech Him for continuous goodness towards all peoples and Nations of the Earth, especially, the people of the Republic of Liberia.

The Proclamation noted that the forefathers of Liberia, both settler migrants and indigenous chiefs met in National Convention in the city of Monrovia in July, 1847, under the gavel of then Governor Joseph Jenkins Roberts of the Commonwealth and published the Declaration Of Independence, notifying the world that Liberia has become a free, sovereign and independent State, thus becoming the First African Republic to declare its self-determination. 

The Proclamation further states that under the “Patriotic Observances Law”, Title 26, Liberian Code of Laws of 1956, the 26th Day of July each year is set aside as a Public Holiday, to be known as “INDEPENDENCE DAY” Anniversary, and to be appropriately celebrated.