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National Independence Days in July

  

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Flag History

Independence Day Quiz

00    As you may know, we like to challenge our readers with fun quizzes. Our quizzes cover various topics including “guess the flag”, flag facts and flag etiquette. With Independence Day only a few days away, it’s time to see how much you know about American Independence Day. Test your knowledge by answering the questions below. The answers to the quiz are listed below the questions. Don’t forget to let us know how you scored in the comments section! 1. When is American Independence Day? July 4, 1770 July 4, 1772 July 4, 1774 July 4, 1776 2. Which country did the United States declare independence from? Great Britain Germany Italy France 3. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence? 56 45 38 64 4. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? White House Independence Hall Capital Building Pentagon 5. Who was the President of the United States when the Declaration of Independence was signed? George Washington Thomas Jefferson John Hancock No President at the time 6. How many colonies were there when America declared its independence? 10 11 12 13 7. Where is the Declaration of Independence currently being preserved? National Archives Building Smithsonian Museum Library of Congress … Keep Reading...

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The Historical Meaning of Red Flags

+20    “Raise red flags” is a commonly used expression in modern day English language, but what is the true historical meaning of red flags? Merriam Webster defines “red flag” as a sign that a noticeable problem is present and should be dealt with. It is also described as something that attracts irritated attention or a warning when things seem too good to be true. The example referenced is “Gaps in your employment history are red flags to employers”. This noun has now become an idiom in modern day English. Let’s take a look at the historical meaning of red flags. The earliest reference of a red flag comes from military battle grounds in the 1600s. In an era where there was no means of telecommunications, armies needed a way to alert the opposition of their intentions. Historically, a red flag indicated that the opposing army was approaching with violent intentions. In the photo below, you see two Navy ships (both displaying red flags) engage in battle at sea. If you view battle flags from countries across the world and throughout history, you will notice that many of them contain the color red in some aspect. The use of red … Keep Reading...

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Southern State Flags with Confederate Influence

00    We recently touched on the secession flags that were created and displayed during the American Civil War. As you know, all of the states that seceded from the Union rejoined the United States after the war. In doing so, all of these states decided to redesign their state flag as a symbol of allegiance to the United States. However, some of the new southern state flags still contain a bit of confederate influence. Let’s take a look. Please note that this post is strictly intended to be an educational piece. Alabama The Alabama state flag features a white background with a red X cross, more commonly described as a saltire. While a saltire is displayed on numerous flags throughout the world, it was also prominently featured on the Confederate flag. The Alabama state flag was officially adopted in 1895 and historians believe that it resembles the Alabama infantry battle flag during the Civil War. Arkansas The Arkansas state flag contains four blue stars around the name “Arkansas”. These blue stars represent the countries that the state has belonged to throughout its history. These countries are France, Spain, the United States and the Confederate States of America. Florida The … Keep Reading...

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National Flags with Animals

+10    Countries use various flag design principles when designing their national flag. Many countries look to create unique flag designs, while some flags look similar to other national flags. The American Kennel Club recently posted pictures of dogs wearing American flag clothing which made us wonder – which flags feature animals and why do they do it? Are the animals used as a design concept or is there a greater idea behind the use of an animal on a national flag? Let’s take a look at a few national flags with animals. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of all national flags with animals; these are the most famous national flags that feature animals. Mexico The Mexican flag is a national flag that features two animals, a snake and an eagle. The Mexican flag is a standard tricolor flag that features a seal at the center. Within that seal we find an eagle perched on a cactus eating a snake. Ancient Aztec legend says that this symbol was something that their God told them to look for. Their God told them that if they found an eagle eating a snake while perched on a cactus … Keep Reading...

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Countries that Obsess over their National Flag Colors

+1050    Most countries have national flag pride, but not all countries truly embrace their national colors. National flag pride can be either pronounced or discreet depending on the culture of the country itself. Let’s take a look at some of the countries that admire, embrace and even advertise their national colors more than others. Many people traveling to the United States from various countries around the world are astonished by not only the number of American flags flying, but where they are flown. Arnaldo Testi from Zocalo Public Square recently wrote an article for Smithsonian Magazine in which he admitted to mistaking a local fast food restaurant for a post office because it was flying a flag in front of the building. He was not used to encountering non government buildings that flew national flags. For the most part, Americans embrace their national flag colors more than other countries – some would even call it an obsession. The American flag can be found flying near any government or residential building, worn as clothing, pinned on lapels of suit jackets, and even painted on vehicles. Check out our blog post titled Unusual Places to Find the American Flag to see … Keep Reading...

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Used US Flags’ Last Memorial | Flag Cremation

00    At the end of a US flag’s life, there is one last way it can be respectfully used. Traditional military funeral customs dictate that veterans have an American flag draped over the casket. But what about the veterans that wish to be cremated? How should the flag be draped over those that have served if there is no casket? A cremation service in North Carolina has found a way to both honor these brave souls as well as properly retire used flags. Carolina Cremation started their “Retire Your Flag with Honor” program in 2012. They placed plastic receptacles around the Salisbury, North Carolina area, allowing people to donate their old US flags. They then collect and properly fold them until it is time for them to be used. When a military veteran is to be cremated, they drape a used flag over the body. Cremating the covered body burns the flag in a dignified and respectful manner, following proper flag retiring etiquette. Since the program’s inception, the flag cremation service has performed this special service with hundreds of local veterans. According to one of the funeral directors at Carolina Cremation, more than 1,000 used American flags have been … Keep Reading...

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Know The Nation’s Flags: Maryland State Flag

00    In this edition of “Know The Nation’s Flags” we’ll look at a brief history and breakdown of a unique flag from our nation, the Maryland State Flag. Currently the Maryland state flag is recognized as one of the best designed flags in North America, according to the North American Vexillological Association. One trait that makes this flag stand out is the fact that it is one of four state flags that doesn’t use the color blue (the others being Alabama, California, and New Mexico). Another unique factor, unlike most state flags in the US, Maryland’s state flag does not portray the state’s seal. Instead, it has the coat of arms from the Calvert family. The Maryland colony was originally founded by Cecilius Calvert. In the beginning, only the cross-hatched gold and black design portion of the crest was associated with Maryland. This is the background currently used on the Baltimore city flag. However, during the American Civil War, many people in the state supported the Confederacy. Maryland’s confederates opted to use the remaining design from the Calvert coat of arms, the red and white cross. After the Civil War ended, the two sides began to unite under a … Keep Reading...

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Are You A Closet Vexillologist?

+10    People who love everything to do with flags (design, function, history, etc.) unite across the world. Do you find yourself inspired by the history of a country’s flag? Or perhaps you’ll watch a sports flag fly in the stands instead of paying attention to the actual game. You maybe even have a secret journal where you hide all of your own custom flag designs. If any of these are true, then I can tell you that you aren’t alone. You’re just a vexillologist. There are many different associations around the globe that focus on the study of vexillology. Vexillology is defined as “the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge,” by the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV, the French acronym). Established in 1967, the FIAV has headquarters in both Houston, TX and London, United Kingdom. The FIAV holds an international congress every other year, hosting seminars on specific flag topics and flag-related tours. This year’s congress will be held in Sydney, Australia. Their own flag was designed with their founding, portraying a blue field with two yellow, … Keep Reading...

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Urban Flags: Finding Flags of the World All Around You

00    Not every flag needs to be on a flag pole. When you walk through the streets of your city, you may find that a scene may look oddly familiar. Or perhaps you want to show off your national pride, so you find make your own flag-based piece of art. This artist took flag pictures to show her love of world flags. Artist Valentina Loffredo finds that she loves to both find and create world flags in her urban environment. Below you’ll find her creativity at work, photographed in Hong Kong, China. Japan Working within a studio, Loffredo has recreated the Japan’s flag. Coordinating with the red sun in the center, she tries to blend both her clothing and skin tone with the national colors.               Greece Taking a picture of this city scene, part of Greece’s national flag is captured. Greece’s flag in its entirety includes nine blue and white stripes with a blue canton with a white cross in the upper corner.             Italy Utilizing the red and green colors on the ground, the white boundary line turns this into Italy’s flag. However, if you were … Keep Reading...

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