56th Independence: What’s happening today

5.00am: Schools, Organisations and Government Ministries congregate for Parade in front of Government Building 

6.00am: Invited Guests seated 

6.05am: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele and Gillian Malielegaoi arrive  

6.10am: Member of the Council of Deputies, Le Mamea Ropati and Maiava Elisa Mualia arrive

6.15am: Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Filifilia Tamasese arrive 

6.20am: Titular Head of Tokelau, Afega Gaualofa and Kilita Gaualofa arrive

6.25am: Governor of American Samoa Lolo Matalasi and Cynthia Moliga arrive   

6.30am: President of Fiji, Jioji Konousi and Sarote Konrote arrive

6.35am: President of Nauru, Baron Divavesi and Louisa Waqa arrive 

6.40am: The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and Fa’amausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano arrive


1. Official programme starts with Rev. Maauga Motu, Secretary of Council of Churches 

2. Address by the Head of State

3. Raising of the Flag by Member of the Council of Deputies, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia

4. 21 Gun Salute

5. Parade begins


11.00am: Entertainment: EFKS Youth Vaisala and EFKS Youth Saleapaga

1.00pm: Cultural performances – in front of Government building Closing ceremony 

6.00pm: Independence Ball hosted by the Samoa Hotels Association at TATTE Building (By Invitations Only)

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