To mark the occasion every year in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Pl. Piłsudskiego in Warsaw there’s the official Changing of the Guard with all the big wigs, president, prime minister and top brass in attendance. Outside of the capital cities all over the country hold their own parades with Poznań no exception. Traditionally flowers are first left at memorials to Marshal Józef Piłsudski, Ignacy Paderewski, Franciszek Ratajczak and to the Wielkopolska Uprising before 09:00 at the Lesser Basilica of St. Stanislaus. A 10:00 the Poznań Orchestra holds a short concert on Plac Wolność before a parade sets off at 10:30 for the Main Square where there are speeches and presentations.
Ironically, Poznań's Independence Day observations are completely overshadowed by a different celebration each year on November 11th: The feast day of St.Martin. For more on those festivities, read our full-length feature on St. Martin's Day.