The Fiestas Patrias in Peru, or National Holidays in Peru, are celebrations of Peru’s independence from the Spanish Empire. They officially consist of two days:
- July 28, in commemoration of the declaration of Independence in Lima by Don Jose de San Martin (the act was signed on July 15, 1821)..
- July 29, in honor of the Armed Forces and the National Police of Peru.
The celebration of Fiestas Patrias in Peru coincides with the vacation periods for the local schools as well as some businesses.
Along with Christmas, Fiestas Patrias is one of the most important celebrations of the year for Peruvians and it is normal for local businesses to generate as much revenue as in the month of December. Tourism tends to increase during these holidays with visitors coming to join in the celebrations.