Different Independence Days and Histories

America’s July 4th holiday has passed, but we aren’t the only ones celebrating our day of independence. Here we’ll explore the different independence days and histories that take place around the world at different times of the year.



Brazil celebrates becoming an independent country from Portugal on September 7, 1822. They celebrate every year with parades, festivals, carnivals and events. This marks the day that the son of Portugal’s king, Prince Pedro, proclaimed that Brazil was finally free from Portuguese reign from the banks of the Ipiranga River. Loved by everyone, he was purported to shout “By my blood, by my honor, and by God: I will make Brazil free.”

Later he became the Emperor of Brazil and ordered Portuguese forces to leave the land, effectively marking the end of more than 320 years of colonial dominance. Brazil, first discovered and ruled by the Portuguese back in the 16th century, was many times almost overtaken by many countries, including France.

Many celebrations can be seen all over Brazil, especially in the capital, Brasilia, where there is a military parade at the Ministries Esplanade. This is a national day of observance, so, just like those in America, they are given this day off to celebrate. There are many outings, picnics and other outdoor events to take part in, along with street parades complete with air shows, flags, concerts, banners, streamers and balloons.


The Chinese celebrate their Independence Day on October 1st every year, to mark the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. This Resolution was first passed in 1949. National Day marks the beginning of the Golden Weeks in China, a big celebration throughout mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau as the country’s main Independence Day. Fireworks and concerts take place everywhere, with lavish decorations featured in popular public places such as Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Portraits of beloved leaders, such as Sun Yat-Sen, are on public display.


Día de la Independencia, celebrated on September 16, is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the “cry of independence” that took place originally on September 16, 1810. Thus began a revolt against the Spaniards. Much like in America, Mexicans celebrate with fireworks, fiestas, food, dance and music, as well as flags, flowers and decorations in red, white and green. Revelers blow whistles and horns, and throw colorful confetti while shouting “Viva Mexico” or “Viva la independencia.”


France celebrates Bastille Day on July 14th, marked by fireworks (particularly impressive in Paris at the Eiffel Tower), parties, parades, musical performances and balls. The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison located in Paris. Troops stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, marking an important event at the start of the French Revolution.


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