The official count of the day has officially started in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with people taking to the streets in the capital, Kigali.
The unofficial count was started on Thursday morning and is expected to be completed by Sunday.
Rwanda has been the only country in the world without a formal declaration of independence from France since 1994.
It has been a member of the African Union since 2010.
The official count is expected by the end of next week, with all the major events including the election of the country’s new president.
Rights groups have called on Rwandans to celebrate the day without any formal declaration.
“Rwandans should celebrate independence, not to be intimidated by intimidation and threats,” said Rwanda’s independent political party, the National Democratic Party (NDP), in a statement.
“Our nation has always been independent and peaceful and it will continue to be so.”