Independence Day in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2019

Independence Day in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2019
Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Image by Office Holidays
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 104 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2021Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Wed, Oct 27National Holiday
2020Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Tue, Oct 27National Holiday
2019Oct 27, Oct 28
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Oct 28National Holiday (in lieu)
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSun, Oct 27National Holiday
2018Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sat, Oct 27National Holiday
  Summary
On 27 October 1979, following a referendum, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines became the last of the Windward Islands to gain independence from the UK
  Which regions observe Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day in 2019?
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesOct 27National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesOct 28National Holiday (in lieu)

When is St. Vincent Independence Day?

Independence is a public holiday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines observed on 27th October.

This holiday is the National Day of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and commemorates the independence of the islands from United Kingdom in 1979.

History of St. Vincent Independence Day

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a southern Caribbean nation consisting of 32 islands, of which nine are inhabited.

The first contact with Europeans took place on 22 January 1498 when Christopher Columbus sighted the main island naming it after Saint Vincent whose feast day is 22nd January.

The Spanish didn't settle and over the centuries, possession of the islands was disputed by the British, French and Spanish and nobly resisted by the Caribs who had lived on the islands since before the arrival of the colonists.

Britain won the European rights to the islands under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783, with a plantation economy based on sugar and slave trading emerging in the 19th century.

Did you know?

The fortunes of the islands have depended on the activity of La Soufrière, an active volcano on St. Vincent that has erupted with deadly effect several times since 1718.

St Vincent and the Grenadines was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. After its dissolution in 1962, and the movement of the larger Caribbean countries to gain independence, the transition towards independence began.  St. Vincent was granted "associate statehood" status by Britain on 27 October 1969. While this gave St. Vincent complete control over its own internal affairs, it fell short of complete independence.

It was exactly ten years later on 27 October 1979, when St. Vincent and the Grenadines became the last of the Windward islands to gain independence following a referendum. It became a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elisabeth II as the head and Milton Cato became the first prime minister.

Did you know?

The capital of St. Vincent and The Grenadines is Kingstown which is often referred to as "The City of Arches" due to there being 400 arches in the capital.

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