The Independence of Latvia was proclaimed on 18 November 1918 at the Latvian National Theatre. This day in Latvia is a public holiday — public institutions and the majority of private enterprises are closed, various events take place throughout the day.
On 18 November, various events take place across the country throughout the day. In Riga the celebration begins on the first half of the day with a parade and laying of flowers at the Freedom Monument with participation of the President of Latvia and other important government officials.
A parade of the National Armed Forces takes place in the afternoon at the 11th November Embankment. In the evening there are different concerts and the celebration in Riga ends with magnificent fireworks over the River Daugava.