Celebrations in fact began at midnight on Wednesday, with the Kenyan flag raised in Nairobi's Uhuru Gardens in a re-enactment of the moment in 1963 when Britain's rule came to a close.
Britain had ruled Kenya since 1895.
"On this night 50 years ago Kenyans gathered at these grounds... that night was at once the dusk of oppression and the golden dawn of liberty," Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said to the crowd.
He planted a tree close to another one that was planted by the founding President – his father Jomo (pictured in 1963).
Today, Mr Kenyatta and other African leaders gathered at ceremony held at the Safaricom Stadium Nairobi.
The event drew out thousands of Kenyans waving flags, optimistic about the future of the East African nation.
Happy birthday Kenya!
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