Celebrations of Freedom

 Happy Birthday America!

Americans celebrate July 4 as Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Watch Schoolhouse Rock’s Fireworks with your kids – it’s a fun way to review the importance of this day.

Picnics, baseball games, concerts, festivals, food-eating contests, and fireworks are just some of the ways Americans celebrate Independence Day.  Let’s take a look at other independence day celebrations around the globe.  What traditions do many countries have in common?  What are some differences?

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Ukraine

4. Ukraine (August 24) People celebrate their independence from Russia with parades, concerts, and festivals.

Ghana

3. Ghana (March 6) The first African country to get its independence from the United Kingdom celebrates with fireworks, parades, marches, and parties on the beach.

Australia

2. Australia  (January 26) Australia Day is their official national day and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, boat races, and concerts.

Indonesia

1. Indonesia (August 17)   The day begins with watching the flag being raised, and is followed by neighborhood street festivals celebrating their independence from the Netherlands. A popular activity is panjat pinang – climbing up a greased tree trunk to try and reach the gifts at the top.

India

8. India (August 15) India celebrates its independence from England with a flag raising ceremony, followed by picnics and flying kites.

Mexico

7.  Mexico (September 16) Mexicans celebrate their independence from Spain with fireworks, concerts, fiestas, food, dance and music.

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6. Peru (July 28-29) Peruvians celebrate their independence from Spain for two days. It begins with a speech from the president, raising the flag, then fireworks, parades, and bullfights.

France

5. France (July 14) Bastille Day marks the end of a monarchy, and the start of a republic. A military parade up the Champs Elysees, a famous boulevard in Paris, begins the day, followed by art festivals and parties.

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