Independence Day around the world

On 4th July 1776, the United States of America was officially born and this date is widely celebrated across the U.S. with a long weekend, parades and fireworks. U.S. Independence Day is probably the most well-known, but how do other countries celebrate their independence?

Mexico (16th September)

Many think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, but it’s actually later on in the year. Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) marks the anniversary of the start of the Mexican War of Independence. On the night before, the President of Mexico rings a bell and proclaims a “grito” or a shout of patriotism, which ends with “¡Viva México!”.

France (14th July)

Every year, the French population celebrate the storming of the Bastille, a prison in Paris containing revolutionaries, which marked the start of the French revolution. You can expect fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, a military parade down the Champs-Élysées and a display from the Patrouille Acrobatique de France.

Indonesia (17th August)

70 years ago, the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read, signifying the start of the country’s separation from Dutch rule. Neighbourhood competitions are popular method of celebration in Jakarta on Independence Day, with locals taking part in sack races, eating competitions and palm-tree climbing contests.


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As well as being a self-confessed language geek and baking fanatic, Fiona is the Digital Marketing Manager at Capita Translation and Interpreting. When she's not writing blogs, she often dreams of touring France one patisserie at a time.

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