Independence Day celebrations in Tallinn

22. February 2011

On February 24 the Estonian Republic celebrates its 93rd birthday.

Traditionally the day begins at sunrise 7:34am with a flag raising ceremony next to Tall Hermann tower. At 9am wreaths are place on the foot of the Estonian War of Independence Monument on Freedom Square (Vabaduse Väljak). At 9:45am a religious service takes place in Tallinn's Dome Church and at 11am the nation's armed services parade on Freedom Square.

Many of Tallinn museums and sightseeing spot are closed for the public holiday, but this is all the more reason to get acquainted with those places which are still open for visitors: The Estonian Museum of History is expecting all interested parties on the February 24 between 10am and 5pm to come to Maarjamäe Castle family outing “Long live Estonia”. There is a film program packed with romantic historical films for the old and young at heart. Top billing goes to family historical film “Atmospheres of Estonian history”. Maarjamäe castle is open for viewing due to a generous donation of a million kroon from Bank of Estonia.

Despite the cold weather, Tallinn's many restaurants expect active participants in the festivities and are offering visitors holiday themed special menus.

Further ideas for Independence Day celebrations can be found on Tallinn Card's homepage.

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