Freedom Day also known as Jum Il-Helsien is celeberated on 31st March 2015 and is one of the National Holidays in Malta.
This is the anniversary of the withdrawal of the British troops and the Royal Navy from Malta in 1979., the Defence Treaty with Britain came to an end as the last British forces left the Island. On taking power in 1971, the Labour Government indicated it wanted to re-negotiate the lease agreement with the United Kingdom. Following protracted and sometimes tense talks, a new agreement was signed whereby the lease was extended till the end of March 1979 at a vastly increased rent. On March 31, 1979 the last British Forces left Malta.
Activities commemorating this important historic date take place every year, mostly in Vittoriosa where the monument marking this event is situated.