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Independence Day in Jamaica

National Day of Jamaica

Independence Day in Jamaica is celebrated on 6 August

When is Independence Day in Jamaica?

How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 354 Days.
Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Tuesday August 6th
2018 Monday August 6th
2017 Monday August 7th
2016 Saturday August 6th
2015 Thursday August 6th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Jamaican independence was granted on August 6 1962 and each year the date is dedicated to the remembrance of Jamaican history

Independence Day is a public holiday in Jamaica observed on 6 August. If 6 August falls on a Sunday, Independence Day will be observed as a public holiday on Monday 7 August.

This holiday is the National Day of Jamaica and celebrates independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962.

History of Jamaican Independence Day

Jamaica was one of the first colonies in the so-called new world. Spanish rule began in 1509. Nearly 150 years later, the island was taken by the British on 11 May 1655 during the Anglo-Spanish War.

With the break up of the British Empire in the 1950s, Jamaica had several amendments to its constitution to allow greater self-government and a Prime Minister.

In 1958, Jamaica became a founding member of the West Indies Federation, a political union of various islands in the Caribbean that were colonies of the United Kingdom. In September 1961, Jamaican dissatisfaction with the Federation and the slow pace of moves to independence led to a referendum in Jamaica that resulted in 54% of voters wanting to leave. The elections of 1962 were won by the Jamaica Labour Party under leadership of Alexander Bustamante.

This led to the Jamaica Independence Act being passed by the United Kingdom Parliament on 19 July 1962, granting independence on 6 August 1962 when the Jamaican flag was flown for the first time. Bustamante became Jamaica's first Prime Minister and Jamaica joined the Commonwealth of Nations.

The main event of Independence Day is the Jamaica Festival, which is celebrated with a grand parade, traditional music, the World Reggae Dance Final and other events.


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