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Territory Day
Wallis and Futuna

Territory Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Wallis and Futuna

Territory Day is one of the biggest holidays on the French Pacific Island collectivity of Wallis and Futuna. It rivals Bastille Day in the degree of intensity with which it is observed each year.

YearDateDayHoliday
202129 JulThuTerritory Day
202229 JulFriTerritory Day
202329 JulSatTerritory Day
202429 JulMonTerritory Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Territory Day in Wallis and Futuna comes on 29 July and commemorates the day in 1961 when these islands became an overseas territory of France. Now, France had controlled the islands from much earlier, but the gaining of this official status was both symbolic of affectionate unity with faraway France and enabled certain political benefits. In 2003, territory status was upgraded to “collectivity” status, but the name “Territory Day” has remained unchanged.

Wallis and Futuna have long been the homeland of Polynesians. Various European explorers made contact with the islands, but the French were the first to settle there and create a colony. They also introduced the Roman Catholic faith.

By 1888, local chieftains of Wallis and Futuna had enabled the peaceful creation of a French protectorate there. For a time, the islands were merged with New Caledonia, but in 1917, they gained partially separate status. In 1959, the people voted to become fully separate from New Caledonia but still remain under French rule.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202029 JulWedTerritory Day
201929 JulMonTerritory Day
201829 JulSunTerritory Day
201729 JulSatTerritory Day