Colombian Independence Day which is also known as the Colombian Declaration of Independence denotes to the events of 20 July 1810, in Santa Fe de Bogota, in the Spanish colonial Viceroyalty of New Granada.
On that very day, the establishment of a Junta de Santa Fe resulted. At the end of the day, the experience in self-government led to the formation of the Republic of Gran Colombia.
When is Colombian Independence Day This Year?
Colombian Independence Day is celebrated every year on July 20 and this year in 2019, the day is going to fall on Saturday, 20th July 2019.
Independence Day in Colombia is a public holiday and it is a day off for the general public. On this day schools and most businesses are closed. Well, as we have said that the day is going to fall on a Saturday because of which some businesses may choose to follow Saturday opening hours.
How Colombian celebrate Colombia’s Independence Day?
On Colombian Independence Day, many people show their patriotism by flying the Colombian flag at home or at their work. Some go out and watch Colombia’s Independence Day Parade. While most of the people take the day off to hang out with their family and friends. Unlike the fourth of July celebration in the states, there’s not much of a great celebration or the heavy drinking or partying. And also it is not a four day weekend, there are many people who have to go back to work the following day.
What is the Significance of Colombian Independence Day?
Colombia’s Independence Day marks the first official step to be taken headed for the country’s freedom, when the main cities Bogotá, Quito as well as Caracas, formed a local ruling council which would allegedly rule up till Ferdinand VII was returned to the power.
Why Colombian Independence Day Isn’t a Big Celebration in Colombia?
Though Colombian Independence Day is celebrated it is not celebrated as much as U.S. Independence Day. The celebration of Independence Day in the U.S is very grand and everyone enjoys and takes part in the celebration but in Colombia, the celebration is not the same.
Well, it might be because of two main reasons. The first one is: though Bogota announced its independence at nearly the same time as several other parts of the neighboring region they did not unite.
The second reason might be that the next years would be blemished by civil war in the middle of independent regions as well as cities.
And therefore, you will not find any out of control parties, largely attended parades or fireworks everywhere in Colombia on Colombian Independence Day.
Colombian Independence Day Outside of Colombia
Well, it is pretty amazing that the Colombians living outside of Colombia are more patriotic than those who are living in Colombia. Independence Day celebrations outside of Colombia are very marvelous and remarkable. Every year, Colombians outside the country organize an event or a big party where thousands of people join the event which involves live bands from Colombia, DJ tents as well as lots and lots of drinking and eating.