Ukrainian Independence Day festivals 2009

See photos from the Toronto festival

Sorry it’s in no particular order and has bad formatting – but I got as many up as I could find. If you know of any I am missing, please leave a comment!

Tom’s River, NJ – St. Stephen Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1344 White Oak Bottom Road, will hold the Annual Ukrainian Festival on August 22 from noon to 7 p.m. There will be Ukrainian food and beverages, live music, dancing, vendors, a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for the Bermuda Cruise. The Ukrainian dancers will perform at 3 p.m. Fun for all ages. All are welcome. For more information, call 732- 505-6053 or visit

Chicago, IL – Friday, August 21, 2009 at 12 PM
CONCERT & FLAG RAISING: “Ukrainian Independence Day Flag Raising at Daley Plaza”
Daley Plaza Civic Center at 50 W. Washington Street in Chicago, IL
UCCA-IL invites you to the annual Ukrainian Independence Day Flag Raising program at Daley Plaza Civic Center in downtown Chicago. Free Shuttle buses will pick up at 10:30 AM in front of the Ukrainian Cultural Center (Chicago & Oakley) in the Ukrainian Village. Cultural program to run from 12-1 PM

Saturday, August 22 & Sunday, August 23, 2009 from noon-10 PM
“UCCA-IL presents ‘Ukrainian Days Festival 2009’”
Smith Park located at the 2526 West Grand Avenue and Campbell in Chicago, IL
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Illinois Division presents “Ukrainian Days Festival 2009” from noon to 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. This is the largest Ukrainian Festival in the Mid-West. Festivities include Ukrainian food, crafts, music, dancing and much more. Pony rides and children’s attractions add to the entertainment for the whole family, plus local performers and performers from abroad. Performances by Chicago’s Hromovytsia and CYM’s Ukrainia dance groups will take place.
Please check the website in August for the full schedule of events and musical, dance and comedy performances for the weekend.
Celebration of Ukraine’s Declaration of Independence will begin on Sunday at 1:30 pm. For more information call 773-772-4500. Suggested minimum entrance donation is $5 per person.

Sacramento, CA – Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California invites you to
Товариство Збереження Української Спадщини Північної Каліфорнії
запрошує Вас на
August 22, 2009 at 5:00 P.M.
at Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
More info –
Яке відбудеться 22 серпня 2009 року
о 5 год. дня
в Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
Додаткова інформація –
Tel (916) 813-8757 – President of the UHC of NC Dr. L. Jowa

Somerset, NJ – The Brotherhood of St Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church in South Bound Brook, NJ and UNWLA Branch # 125 in New York City invite you to a concert celebrating the 18th anniversary of Ukrainian independence.
The concert will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2009, at The Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ.
The concert will start at 2:30PM; the buffet will open at 2:00PM.
The concert program includes Rostyslav Vasylenko, Erko Palydowycz, Odarka Polanskyj (harpist), and the musical groups “Barvinok” and “Nadiya”. Singers are Ludmila Hrabovska, Anna Bachynska, Alla Kutsevych and others. Also participating is the musical group “Chetverta Hvilya”.
Tickets are $15, for seniors and students $10. There is no charge for children under 14 years of age.
For additional information, please contact Mr. Volodymyr at (908) 788-7870.

Horsham, NJ – UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL – 18th Annual
Celebrating Ukraine’s Independence
August 23, 2009, 12:00 noon. — The 18th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival, celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day, will be held at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub, County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA.
Exciting, spectacular, dazzling, breathtaking, exhilarating, spirited, soulful, enchanting, captivating, and intriguing – modest words which describe but by no means capture the essence of Ukrainian folk art, music, and dance. From the rich color and deep symbolism of the delicate “pysanka” (Ukrainian Easter Egg) to the thunderous, climatic, power, rhythm and strength of “HOPAK” – the world’s most exciting ethnic dance, and every brilliant “Kolomiyka” (polka) and soulful folk song in between, we invite you to experience the EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL, celebrating the anniversary of our ancestral homeland’s independence. Enjoy a festival stage show, a public dance, Ukrainian foods and baked goods, BBQ pit, kid’s fun area, and Ukrainian hospitality.
Enjoy THE KOZAKS UKRAINIAN FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE ( ( Toronto, Ont., Canada); THE VOLOSHKY UKRAINIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE ( (Philadelphia); Violinist INNESA TYMOCHKO DEKAJLO (WWW.INNESA.COM); THE LUNA BAND ( (New Jersey); and THE SISTERS OROS (New York City). A Ukrainian Public Dance (Zabava) to live Ukrainian polka, ballroom, traditional and modern music by the LUNA DANCE BAND will follow the stage show. Ukrainian ethnic foods, baked goods, standard picnic fare and cool refreshments will be plentiful. Also enjoy a children’s fun area and a folk arts and crafts bazaar. Info: 215.362.5331;;
Admission: $15.00; kids under 13 free; Free Parking

The Philadelphia Ukrainian-American Community Committee invites all to attend a GALA CONCERT commemorating the 18th Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine, to be held on Monday, August 24, 2009, at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center, 700 Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The program will feature Mayor of Philadelphia, Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Taras Lonchyna, Women’s Vocal Ensemble “Holubka,” “Prometheus” Male Chorus of Philadelphia, orator Vira Hubitska, and soprano Lyda Bychko. Admission: $10.00 per person, free for children and students.

Toronto, ON – Saturday, August 22 2009 at Centennial Park, Etobicoke (Rathburn and Centennial Park Rd). Featuring sports tournament, concerts, awards and an evening dance! Also returning this year a Chess Grandmaster playing multiple games of chess at once, expanded childrens events and rides and a volleyball tournament! Check out the flyer.

Monday, August 24, 200- Flag raising ceremony at Queen’s Park at 12 noon.

Buffalo, NY – Concert and Zabava

Saturday, August 22 – at Ukrainian Cultural Center “DNIPRO”
562 Genesee St. Buffalo, 14204
Myron & the Id at 6pm. Rock, polkas, indie, and Ukrainian folk.

John & Mary and the Valkyries at 9pm. National recording artists, formerly with 10,000 Maniacs.

Concert outside, under the tent. Food and Euro refreshments available. Secured, well lit parking lot. Tickets are $5 to benefit the  restoration of the historic DNIPRO Cultural Center.

18th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM, Moleben (Memorial Service) at 1:30 PM

Ukrainian Cultural Center “DNIPRO”, 562 Genesee St. Buffalo, NY 14204

Featuring: Traditional Ukrainian Food; holubtsi, pyrohy, and pastries.
Beverages, games, raffles, and arts & crafts for the children.
Cultural program; Ukrainian youth performers from “Ridna Shkola” and CYM, and music by “Karpaty”.

Sponsored by The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Inc. (UCCA) – Buffalo Branch
Ukrainian Home Dnipro Federtal Credit Union (UHDFCU)

Free Admission, Ample parking. For more information please call :
William Serediuk 821-0711, Akacia Belmega 674-4916
Andrij Diakun 632-4212, DNIPRO 856-4476, Emil 847-1281

Binghamton, NY – Ukrainian Independence Day Flag Raising

Date: August 24, 2009

The annual Ukrainian Independence Day Flag Raising will take place at Binghamton City Hall on Monday, August 24, at 10 AM. We gather to publicly celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day, to voice that Ukrainian independence is valued, and that this independence be supported by the other free countries of the world.

Colony, TX –

08/30 Sunday

Independence Day Celebration

Summer Festival to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day

12:00 pm

at  St. Sophia Ukrainian Church Hall

5600 N.Colony Blvd.
The Colony, TX 75056-1927
(Dallas MAPSCO 554E)

Lindenhurst, NY – On August 22, 2009 at 5:00pm we will have an extra Divine Liturgy for anyone who would like to attend (workers, volunteers, etc…). We welcome you to enjoy our Ukraine foods, listen and dance to Ukrainian music provided by the band “Halychany”. For the children we will have face painting, games, moon bounce etc…. Due to the financial crisis, the Stewardship Council of our church decided to have a festival for this occasion every other year switching with a Parish Picnic. We hope that you will take part in this event and Holy Family Church wishes you all an enjoyable time on this day.

Bridgeville, PA – A celebration of Ukrainian Independence, sponsored by the New Wave, is being held today, Sunday, August 9th, at The Alpine Club, 220 Alpine Road in Bridgeville, beginning at 3:30pm for advanced tickets. At  Do you have your tickets? After 5pm admission to the program, dance and bonfire is $10 at the door.

Saskatoon, SA –

9th annual
Ukraine Day in the Park
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Downtown Saskatoon

Saskatchewan’s only outdoor Ukrainian Festival takes place annually on the 4th Saturday in August in Kiwanis Park on the river bank next to Saskatoon’s landmark Delta Bessborough Hotel.

From noon onward activities will continue in the traditional manner south of the hotel. Featured are the all-day stage show, beer garden, Ukrainian food, children’s activities, cultural displays, and a giant balloon launch. All these components provide an enjoyable family experience,

Patrons relax in the beer garden, or on the lawn, in the shade of huge elm trees where every seat accords an excellent view of the performers on stage with the jade-coloured water of the South Saskatchewan gently flowing by in the background.

Admission is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Article in the Star Phoenix

Kyiv, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko will address the Ukrainian people on the Independence Day, August 24, president’s spokeswoman Iryna Vannykova has said.

“On the Independence Day, the prayer for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people will be held in the Saint Sophia Cathedral with the participation of the head of state and top officials and community leaders. A military parade along Khreschatyk Street will follow and the president will make an address to the Ukrainian people,” Vannykova said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

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