Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to Zimbabwe’s security forces in maintaining peace and defending the country’s territorial integrity.[1][2]


Defence Forces Day in Zimbabwe is held on the second Tuesday of every August.[3] The day is a public holiday with people gathering for the main festivities and a speech by the President at the National Sports Stadium.


  • In 2020, Defence Forces Day was held with no public gatherings or festivities for the first time since 1980 due to rising cases of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe.


  1. Nation celebrates Defence Forces, The Herald, Published: August 11, 2020, Retrieved: August 2, 2021
  2. All-systems go for Heroes, Defence Forces celebrations, The Sunday Mail, Published: August 11, 2019, Retrieved: August 2, 2021
  3. Kuda Bwititi, Heroes, Defence Forces Days: A time to reflect, Sunday News, Published: August 9, 2020, Retrieved: August 2, 2021