On June 17 each year, Reykjavik hosts Independence Day parades, street theater, sideshows and dancing.
Icelanders love to celebrate this national holiday (also see Holidays & Festivals in Scandinavia.)
Iceland National Day in Icelandic is "þjóðhátíðardagurinn" (the day of the nation's celebration).
In 1944, the Scandinavian country of Iceland declared full independence from the Danish crown. Icelanders selected June 17 to be the official holiday because it was the birthday of Jon Sigurdsson who is regarded as Iceland's champion to the nationalist cause.
This article is part of the series Independence Days in Scandinavia.