President of the Republic of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika led Malawians during both worship of service at Mzuzu State Lodge and main celebratory activities of the day at at Mzuzu Stadium.
In his remarks, President Professor Mutharika urged people to celebrate responsibly while honoring heroes of the land who have contributed positively to the nation.
President Professor Mutharika said the nation is building on history that some patriotic individuals set.
"The MCP and its leadership was to lead us to end colonialism, the UDF was to lead us to democracy and the DPP is here to bring development and that is what we are doing across the nation," he said.
President Mutharika also hailed Chakufwa Thom Chihana for challenging Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda and MCP dictatorship in the country.
"It was not easy, we also lost our heroes like the likes of Orton Chirwa, Masauko Chipembere and many more," said the State President.
The President also hinted on the fact that the country has achieved a lot in modern times as evident in the economic growth among other developments.
"Our economy has stabilised, there is development all over, there is an improvement in the quality of lives of people and infrastructure development is visible," said the President.
He then urged people to think positively for our country, love the nation and celebrate the rise of Malawi, again.
The activities were spiced up by military and police displays by Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police Service respectively.
Traditional dances from across the country were also order of the day.
There was also a football match between Moyale Barracks and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.
Malawi attained independence on 6th July, 1964, since then it has a lot of positive development to its name.
This year's activity was held under the theme: "Celebrating Freedom and Progress through Patriotism, Integrity and Hard Work."
Thousands upon thousands including members of diplomatic corps, cabinet ministers and traditional leaders graced the occasion.