The Bahamas recently celebrated its 39 years of Independence last July 10. The official celebration of this Bahamas holiday started July 6 at 10:00 in the morning in Rawson Square and was dubbed as the National Pride Day. 2012 is also the 50th year of the Women’s Suffrage Movement where the nation celebrates the significant role of Bahamian women in the formation and establishment of the country. The theme of this year’s Independence Day Celebration is “The Bahamas: United in Love and Service”.
The Bahamas: An Independent Nation
The country gained its independence on the 10th of July 1973. From that day onwards, Bahamas became an independent nation able to govern itself in all affairs pertaining to their country. Their freedom has caused many changes in their society including the ability of Bahamian women to vote, the ability of the locals of African descent to have the highest positions in the Bahamas government, and, most importantly, the sense of pride in their country that the Bahamians gained.
The Bahamas Celebration
The Bahamas news featured the entire activities of the said event. From July 6 to 10, the highlights of the activities were televised across the Islands. The Bahamas news websites also posted photos and videos of the different happenings on each of the islands. One of the highlights of the Independence Day celebration was the activity on Clifford Park where the gala and pageantry performance of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and the local police force together with performers and bands were showcased to celebrate the country’s independence.
The week-long celebration offered a mix of carnival parades and traditional Junkanoo with amazing fireworks displays. Some of the more entertaining events were the Battle of the Bands, the Beat Retreat, and a Family Fun Day. These are just one of the many highlights of the Bahamas celebration. Tourists lucky enough to have been in Bahamas during this grand celebration would have had a vacation that they would never forget.