Did you know that July is a historical month for many countries of the world, not just the United States? There are actually 25 nations that celebrate Independence Day in July, including the United States. While they might not be as famous as the American celebration that takes place on the 4th of July, they are just as important to their respective countries. Take a look at a few of the other nations that celebrate Independence Days in July.
Canada – July 1
On July 1, 1867 Canada was granted independence from the United Kingdom. The day is referred to as Canada Day, which celebrates the unification of three countries into one – now known as Canada. Similar to Independence Day in the United States, Canada celebrates with parades, carnivals, fireworks, music and cookouts.
Argentina – July 9
On July 9, 1816 Argentina was officially granted independence from Spain after winning the revolution. After the revolution, Argentina engaged in an extended Civil War until the 1860s. The country eventually reorganized their provinces and established Buenos Aires as its capital city. By the 20th century, Argentina had developed into one of the top 10 wealthiest nations in the world.
Bahamas – July 10
On July 10, 1973 the Bahamas was officially granted independence from the United Kingdom. After the American Revolutionary War, American loyalists settled in the Bahamas, bringing their culture and slaves with them. In 1973, the Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm, but retained the monarchy from the United Kingdom. In 2015, nearly 90 percent of Bahamians are descendents of slaves from the 1800s. However, the country is among the richest in the America’s with its tourism centered economy.
Belgium – July 21
On July 21, 1831 Belgium was granted independence from the United Netherlands via the Belgian revolution. The holiday is now one of only twelve holidays in Belgium. On July 21, Belgians celebrate with a catholic Te Deum service attended by high ranking members of the Belgian government. Shortly after, the nation’s military services are celebrated in a national parade. In the evening, locals celebrate with a spectacular fireworks display.