104th Independence Day festivities in Estonia in 2022
Because of the ongoing pandemic, some of the traditional celebrations are happening differently this year.
President Alan Karis's public reception and gala concert that were supposed to take place in Estonia Theatre on February 24, have been cancelled. However, everyone can watch the Head of State's speech and take part in the concert production via television, as there will be a full-day ERR television program dedicated to Estonian Independence Day.
Everyone can also watch the ceremonial hoisting of the national flag at the Tall Hermann Tower in the morning via the ERR broadcast. You can attend the hoisting ceremony in person in the Governor's garden this year but are encouraged to hoist the national flag at home at sunrise if you can.
The parade of the Defence Forces is happening in 2022 and takes place in Tallinn's Vabaduse Square. However, people are invited to listen to the speech of the Commander of the Defence Forces via ERR, times being what they are. Wreaths will still be placed at the foot of the Victory Column of the War of Independence on Vabaduse Square as well.
The usual elements of the evening's presidential reception - the speech of the Head of State and the performance - will reach everyone through ERR, with no guests being invited to Estonia Theatre. In 2022, just like a year ago, Estonians are encouraged to celebrate Independence Day at home, with their loved ones.
We invite you to celebrate Estonia's birthday with us. Let's sing, eat sprat sandwiches and do other things Estonians do on this happy day!