Independence: Americans Aren’t the Only Ones Celebrating

Tomorrow marks one of the most highly anticipated holidays of the summer. The 4th of July to many of us means time spent with family and friends, barbequing, fireworks and a 3 day weekend all in honor of our independence claimed in 1776 from the Kingdom of Great Britain. However, Americans are not the only ones celebrating an Independence Day in July. 20 other different countries through out the world celebrate their independence during the month.

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria – Independence from France on July 5, 1962

Argentine Republic – Independence from the Spanish Empire on July 9, 1816

Commonwealth of the Bahamas – Independence from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973

Republic of Belarus – The liberation of Minsk after years of German occupation July 3, 1944

Kingdom of Belgium – Independence from the Netherlands on July 21, 1931

Republic of Cabo Verde – Independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975

Union of the Comoros – Independence from France on July 6, 1975

Republic of Liberia – Independence from the private American Colonization Society on July 25, 1847

Republic of Malawi – Independence from the United Kingdom on July 6, 1964

Republic of Maldives – Independence from the United Kingdom on July 26, 1965

Republic of Peru – Independence from Spain on July 28, 1821

Republic of Rwanda – Independence from Belgium on July 1, 1962

Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe – Independence from Portugal on July 12, 1975

Slovakia Republic – Division from Czechoslovakia on July 17, 1992

Solomon Islands – Independence from the United Kingdom on July 7, 1878

Federal Republic of Somalia – Union of Trust Territory of Somalia and State of Somaliland on July 1, 1960

Republic of South Sudan – Independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011

Republic of Vanuatu – Independence from the United Kingdom and France on July 30, 1980

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuel – Independence from Spain on July 5, 1811

The world certainly has a lot to celebrate in July! Click on the countries above to learn more about their culture and how they celebrate their day of independence.

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