How do people celebrate independence?
Stars and stripes, sparklers, parades, fireworks, Sousa marches, and time with family are just some of the ways America celebrates Independence Day. People all over the globe gather with their loved ones on other days to celebrate their country’s independence in ways unique to their culture.
Let’s take a look at a handful of the independence celebrations that take place around the world!
Ghana celebrates independence from British colonial rule on the 6th of March.
The celebration involves a parade through the Black Star Square in Accra, where children and service personnel march together.
Street festivals, beach parties, and traditional Ghanian dances make this day full of energy and spirit! Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country to win their freedom, lead by the visionary leader Kwame Nkrumah. After Ghana gained its liberation, over thirty other countries won their freedom within the following decade.
Mexico’s Dia de la Independencia, from September 15 to 16, celebrates independence from Spain.
The celebration begins with a gathering at Zocalo in Mexico City, a spacious square that has hosted celebrations for centuries. Buildings are decorated with flags, flowers, and lanterns in red, white, and green.
The President of Mexico re-enacts Father Hidalgo’s cry of Independence and rings the same bell that Father Hidalgo rang. In an awe-inspiring moment, people in the square shout the names of heroes of the independence war, and end with a final shout of, “VIVA MEXICO!” The celebration continues with a spectacular fireworks display, concerts, and festivals.
July 14th remembers the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris.
This event marked the beginning of the 1789 French Revolution and is recognized as Bastille Day, the French National Day.
On Bastille Day, firefighters host dance parties, known as Firemen’s Balls, as fundraisers for fire station operations in France. Traditionally, a military parade travels along the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris. At day’s end, the Eiffel Tower stands before a dazzling fireworks display.
Indonesia celebrates liberation from 300 years of Dutch colonization on August 17th.
The day, Hari Kemerdekaan, is full of festivals, fireworks, parades, and games.
One game central to the celebration is all about high aspirations. By this, I mean panjat pinang, a competition to climb tall, thin, oiled Maypoles, attach a red and white flag, and gather prizes fastened in a wheel at the top. Teams work together to climb the pole and share their winnings in the spirit of the day.
On May 17th, Norwegians celebrate the signing of their constitution with frozen treats, potlucks, fireworks, and parades.
Children have a special role in the Constitution Day parades. They follow a marching band through Oslo, the capital city, where they pass the Royal Palace. Schools in the area arrange activities, games, prizes, and desserts for families and friends to enjoy together.
Happy Fourth of July!
Across cultures, people celebrate with food, games, and the company of their loved ones. On this special day in American history, it’s fun to appreciate the many diverse cultures and traditions around the world. We at Adventures by Lori wish you a fun and safe celebration! Happy Fourth of July!