Independence Day in Dominica in 2022

Independence Day in Dominica in 2022
The flag of Dominica features the sisserou parrot, an endangered species found only on Dominica Image via Pixabay

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2024 Dominica Mon, Nov 4 National Holiday (in lieu)
2023 Dominica Fri, Nov 3 National Holiday
2022 Dominica Thu, Nov 3 National Holiday
2021 Dominica Wed, Nov 3 National Holiday
2020 Dominica Tue, Nov 3 National Holiday

On November 3rd 1978, Dominica gained its independence from Great Britain becoming a republic within the Commonwealth

When is Independence Day in Dominica?

Independence day is a public holiday in Dominica always celebrated on November 3rd.

It is the National Day of Dominica and marks independence from the United Kingdom on November 3rd 1978.

History of Independence Day in Dominica

The first European contact with this Caribbean island took place on Sunday November 3rd 1493 when Christopher Columbus sailed past during his second voyage to the new world. He named the island Dominica after the Latin term 'dies Dominica' for Sunday.

The Spanish never made a serious effort to colonise the island finding it hard to maintain for the lack of natural resources.

The French showed an interest in the seventeenth century and established the first permanent European settlement in 1690. They brought many African slaves to the island and developed coffee plantations.

Britain gained possession of Dominica in 1763 in accordance with the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Seven Years' War, though it wasn't until 1805 that the French gave up repeated attempts to recapture Dominica.

Due to a high amount of Africans on the island, Dominica became the first and only British colony in the Caribbean to have a Black-controlled legislature in 1838.

In 1871, Dominica became part of the British Leeward Islands, removing the local control on the island.

On November 3rd 1978, the Commonwealth of Dominica gained its independence from Britain as an independent republic within the Commonwealth, with Patrick John becoming it's Prime Minister.

How is Independence Day in Dominica Celebrated?

Independence Day is an opportunity to celebrate the unique heritage and Creole culture of Dominica. Events to mark independence take place in the weeks before Independence Day, including Heritage Day, Creole Day, the Miss Wob Dwiyet Pageant and the Ti Matador Competition.

The events for Independence Day don't end on November 3rd. On November 4th, The Day of Community Service, in a tradition that started as a post-party cleanup, citizens turn out to complete approved community projects.

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