On August 23, 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR declared the abolition of the Armenian SSR and the independence of the Republic of Armenia by adopting the Declaration of Independence. On September 21, 1991, Armenian citizens voted in a referendum to secede from the USSR. That date is considered the day of independence of the republic. The First Republic of Armenia was established on May 28, 1918, but was occupied by the Bolsheviks in 1920.
The Armenian government has decided to hold celebrations dedicated to the 30th anniversary of independence. The Prime Minister of the country Nikol Pashinyan said that Independence Day would be widely celebrated on September 21 in the Republic Square of Yerevan: "Though we are not in a holiday mood for obvious reasons, we must properly celebrate the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia. The government even declared September 20 a non-working day, replacing it with September 25."