Independence Day is almost here! Cookouts, family gatherings and fireworks are right around the corner as we gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July! Every year, we remember the sacrifice and struggle of our Founding Fathers who believed in freedom for our nation, and we celebrate with thankfulness and appreciation.
And with just one month closer to kicking off our new Big World Recess theme to 1,625 Boosterthon schools, we thought, Do other countries have an independence day like we do? It turns out they do. Here’s how our Big World Recess countries celebrate their big day.
Australia Day, January 26, is known as the country’s biggest day of celebration. This day marks its independence from the British and the landing of the First Fleet in 1788. There is no shortage of parades and fireworks as Australians unite as a nation to celebrate their country and recommit to making it a beautiful place to live.
Jamhuri, the Swahili word for “republic,” is celebrated on December 12, when Kenyans gather together for feasts, parades, political speeches and dancing. The holiday marks two celebratory occasions: the day Kenya gained freedom from the British colonial era in 1963, as well as the day it became a republic one year later in 1964.
Swiss National Day
Although only an official holiday since 1994, Switzerland has celebrated August 1st as the founding of the Swiss Confederacy since 1889. The Swiss celebrate with firework displays as well as a beautiful water illumination show at Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.
Kenkoku Kinen no Hi
On February 11, Kenkoku Kinen no Hi, meaning “National Foundation Day,” is observed as Japan’s foundation and the accession of its first Emperor, Emperor Jimmu. Schools and offices are closed for this holiday, but no parades or ceremonies take place. Some people will wave the Japanese flag in honor of the day, but many remain indoors and to themselves as a form of quiet observance.
Sete de Setembro
On September 7th, Brazil celebrates its independence from Portugal in 1822. Brazilians have family outings and picnics during the morning and enjoy parades, air shows, fireworks and musical concerts in the evening.
It’s fun to know how other countries honor their nation, but there’s just something so special about how and why we celebrate our own independence as the land of the free and the home of the brave. We hope you have a wonderful, safe, and appreciative Fourth of July with your family.
By the way, did you know this about our Founding Father, George Washington?