With us singing “Happy Birthday” to America next week, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at how some of the other countries around the world celebrate their Independence.
But before we do, lets take a quick look at the USA’s festivities.
Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 in the United States to celebrate America’s independence from Britain. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain was published.
We celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, barbecues, parades, patriotic décor, and spending time with friends and family.
Mexican Independence Day celebrates the “cry of Independence” on September 16. On this date in 1810, one of Mexico’s leaders, Miguel Hidalgo, made a speech motivating the citizens to fight back against Spanish soldiers in their battle for independence. They officially became independent in 1821.
To celebrate, there are fiestas, fireworks, displays of the country’s flag colors – red, white, and green- plus food, dancing, and music.
India celebrates Independence Day on August 15. The country gained independence from the British Empire on the 15th August 1947.
To celebrate, most people spend the day with their family and friends. They will a picnic in a park, go to see movies about India’s freedom, or eat lunch or dinner at home or in a restaurant. Others fly kites or listen to patriotic songs.
Jamaica celebrates Independence Day on August 6. The country gained independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962.
To celebrate, Jamaicans enjoy entertainment, music, dance, and parades with people dressed in ethnic costumes.
Many consider July 14th as France’s Independence Day. Really, it is called the French National Day and it celebrates the day in 1789 where a crowd stormed the Bastille fortress, which was being used as a prison. This started the French Revolution.
The day is celebrated with parades, balls, dances, food, and large-scale public events.
These are just a few of the many Independence Days celebrated around the world. Though some of the customs may be different- there is one thing they all have in common. The people of every country enjoy celebrating the occasion with their family, friends, and fellow citizens.