Independence Days Around the World
Each July, Independence Day is celebrated by millions of patriotic Americans. The Fourth of July is greeted with elaborate displays of loud, bright fireworks, picnics at the lake, backyard barbecues, family reunions and an overall party atmosphere. All of this is done to celebrate the July 4, 1776, signing of the Declaration of Independence, which served to declare that the 13 existing American colonies were to be a free nation and no longer under the control of the British Empire. However, Independence Day is not unique to Americans alone, and you will find many other countries enjoying their own Independence Day celebrations in the freedom-rich month of July.
Canada – July 1: With the passage of the British North America Act, Canada gained its independence from the United Kingdom on July 1, 1867. Since then, Canada Day has been celebrated each year with outdoor public events that include free musical concerts, large carnivals, parades and barbecues. This day is also set aside to include citizenship ceremonies for all new Canadian citizens. At sunset, huge fireworks displays may be found throughout the country.
Venezuela – July 5: July 5, 1811, marks the date that the Venezuelans declared their intentions to separate from the Spanish Crown and establish their own new nation. Independence Day festivities take place throughout the country on this date each year, and the capital city of Caracas hosts huge celebrations that include all-night street festivals, magnificent displays of fireworks and an outstanding military parade.
Argentina – July 9: This country declared its independence from the Spanish Empire on July 9, 1816, and it celebrates a little differently than most other countries. Argentina celebrates with political parades in the capital city of Buenos Aires, special services at most churches and amazing performances at the Colon Theater.
France – July 14: La Fête nationale or Bastille Day marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and the creation of a constitutional monarchy. France’s Independence Day is celebrated with parties, a parade along the Champs-Élyséesées and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower.
Colombia – July 20: Santa Fe de Bogota was the site of historic military and political events on July 20, 1810, that led to Colombia's independence from Spain and the creation of the Republic of Colombia. Celebrations can be found across the country each year that include massive parades, large traditional feasts and huge parties centered around incredible fireworks displays.
Belgium – July 21: Belgian National Day is celebrated each year to commemorate Leopold of Saxe-Coburg taking the oath as the first king of the Belgians and declaring Belgium's independence from the Netherlands on July 21, 1831. The celebrations are most prevalent in the capital city of Brussels, where you will find an excellent parade that passes the Royal Palace, a variety of entertainment and a wonderful fireworks display at sunset.
Peru – July 28: On this date in 1821, the liberator of Peru, General Jose de San Martín, declared the country's independence from the Spanish Empire. Fiestas Patrias celebrations begin each year at dawn with a 21-cannon salute that is followed by flag-raising ceremonies. In every city throughout Peru, you will find huge festivals offering feasts of traditional foods, speeches from members of the government and other prominent citizens, bullfights and festive fireworks.