Battle of Boyacá in Colombia in 2020

Battle of Boyacá in Colombia in 2020
  How long until Battle of Boyacá?
This holiday next takes place in 323 days.
  Dates of Battle of Boyacá in Colombia
2021 Colombia Sat, Aug 7 National Holiday
2020 Colombia Fri, Aug 7 National Holiday
2019 Colombia Wed, Aug 7 National Holiday
2018 Colombia Tue, Aug 7 National Holiday
2017 Colombia Mon, Aug 7 National Holiday
  Summary
The 1819 battle in which Colombia acquired its definitive independence from Spanish Monarchy

When is Battle of Boyacá Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on August 7th. If it falls on a weekend, it will not be observed on a weekday.

It marks the Battle of Boyacá on August 7th 1819 which proved to be a decisive victory in the war for independence from Spain.

History of Battle of Boyacá

In 1819, Colombia was known as New Grenada and involved in a war for independence from Spain.

Bogota was seen as a key strategic location for both the Republicans and the Royalists to hold, and so both armies were heading to secure the town.

Some 150km north of Bogota the forces met at a bridge over the Teatinos River. The Republican army consisted of Colombian and Venezuelans, with support from the British Legion. The army was led by Brigadier Generals Francisco de Paula Santander and José Antonio Anzoátegui.

In just two hours they defeated the Royalist Colombian-Venezuelan forces.

Even though fighting with the Royalists continued for a few years, the victory at Boyacá is seen as the definitive battle in the war and the precursor for Colombia's eventual independence from Spain.

This bridge (El Puente de Boyacá) is no longer used, but has been kept as a reminder of South American independence.

How is Battle of Boyacá celebrated?

This national holiday is celebrated with parades and festivals throughout Colombia. The military will pay homage to the soldiers who fell in the battle.

In Bogota, an annual carnival celebrates its anniversary of Hispanic foundation in 1538 on August 6th, so celebrations in the city begin the day before.

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