Independence Day around the world in 2024

Independence Day around the world in 2024
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2025 JamaicaAug 6
Jamaica Wed, Aug 6National Holiday
2024 JamaicaAug 6
Jamaica Tue, Aug 6National Holiday
2023 JamaicaAug 6, Aug 7
Jamaica Mon, Aug 7National Holiday (in lieu)
Jamaica Sun, Aug 6National Holiday
2022 JamaicaAug 6
Jamaica Sat, Aug 6National Holiday
2021 JamaicaAug 6
Jamaica Fri, Aug 6National Holiday

Jamaican independence was granted on August 6th 1962 and each year the date is dedicated to the remembrance of Jamaican history

When is Jamaican Independence Day?

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

This holiday is the National Day of Jamaica and celebrates independence from the United Kingdom on this day in 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 May 11th 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 the leadership of Alexander Bustamante.

This led to the Jamaica Independence Act being passed by the United Kingdom Parliament on July 19th 1962, granting independence on August 6th 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.

The World Reggae Dance Final is organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. 

Did you know?

Jamaica is the only country in the world whose flag does not contain the colours of red, white or blue! Mauritania also used to be in this club, but they amended their flag in 2017 to include two red stripes.

The national flag features a golden cross on the centre, creating two black and two green triangles. This distinctive design was chosen in a national contest and earned this flag the nickname “The Cross.” The flag’s colours have their own symbolic meanings: green represents the Jamaican island itself, gold symbolizes the sun that shines onto it, and black signifies the people’s strength in the face of hardship.

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