Peruvian dancers at the parade in Cusco.

As a fellow traveler and world explorer, have you ever experienced another country’s independence day celebrations? From spectacular fireworks in Ghana to commemorative traditions in Peru, a country’s day of independence is always a festive holiday full of pride. In honor of the United States’ upcoming Independence Day, we took a quick look at other countries’ days of freedom around the globe and how they honor it.

France, Bastille Day
July 14
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The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 – an important event in Paris amidst a violent revolution .The day kicks off with a military parade on Champs-Élysées and the celebration continues until nightfall. The tradition of holding a military parade to celebrate Independence Day, a common practice in many countries, originated in France.

The Philippines, Day of Freedom
June 12

A flag-raising ceremony traditionally kicks off the Araw ng Kalayaan celebration in the Philippines. This holiday is a time dedicated to family bonding. It’s a day when many people, including government officials and students participate in nationwide parades. Filipinos enjoy lively, food-filled gatherings with family and friends to honor the day when Emilio Aguinaldo declared independence from the centuries-long Spanish rule.

Ghana, Independence Day
March 6

When Ghana gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, it became the first African country to do so. The annual celebration is observed every year on the 6th of March and is characterized by street parties, parades with government officials and fireworks. There are also live performances and cultural displays by traditional dance groups to honor the day.

Peru, Fiestas Patrias (Patriotic Holidays)
July 28-29                                                

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Peruvians celebrate their independence day over a span of two days: July 28, the date when José de San Martín proclaimed Peru’s independence and July 29, which hosts a celebration in honor of the Armed Forces and National Police. On July 28th, the celebrations are patriotic, with 21-gun salutes and a flag raising ceremony in the capital, Lima. Meanwhile, July 29th features a host of military parades, celebratory fairs and colorful, traditional ceremonies.

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Oceania Cruises!

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