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June 28th, 2012
The U.S. is not the only country celebrating a national holiday in July. For anyone who will be overseas in the following countries during these particular dates should take advantage of the patriotic festivities held there. It is a great way for travelers to experience what citizens of the countries they visit experience when celebrating national pride. People are generally in a good mood during these times, and they want visitors to feel the love too. At least the tourism boards of each country strive to make this happen so people will visit again and again.
The Bahamas celebrate both their Independence Day on July 10th every year, and the U.S. holiday on July 4th. For travelers planning to visit the islands between July 3rd and July 11th will have the chance to celebrate both in Bahamian style. Both the U.S. and the Bahamas were former British colonies, so the feelings of camaraderie will definitely be strong. Numerous celebrations leading to July 10th will take place every night, so it will definitely be a party atmosphere by the time the fireworks are unleashed on the actual day. People of all nationalities visiting the islands have fun every year at that time of the year, and that includes the Britons.
Bastille Day (La Fête Nationale or La Fête de la Bastille) is celebrated by more than just the French. Every July 14th, Belgians, Hungarians, South Africans, Britons, Americans, and others celebrate the beginning of the end of France’s constitutional monarchy in a variety of ways. Fireworks decorate the skies in Budapest as well as in France, while Philadelphians can take part in the reenactment of the storming of the Bastille, and can decide on a faux Marie Antoinette’s fate. London is known to have the largest Bastille Day celebration outside of France every year, and includes outdoor artistic, musical, and gastronomical events planned for July 13th and 14th. In France, Paris is the place to be for the nation’s patriotic festivities, which include fireworks near the Eiffel Tower and other areas around the city; French firehouses open to the public for demonstrations and dancing; a military parade on the Champs-Elysées; and a large dance party held at the Place de la Bastille on July 13th every year.
Peruvians have a two day national celebration every July 28-29 to celebrate their independence from Spain. The celebrations commence after the president addresses the nation, and include agricultural, livestock, and other types of fairs where arts, crafts, and other products are sold, bullfights, military parades, and fireworks. Many families also travel to the Peruvian countryside, especially if they live in urban areas. Their Independence Day celebrations are all about family togetherness and diversion, and those travelers who can experience the holiday the way it is meant to celebrated should consider themselves very lucky.
There are numerous websites that will help travelers decide whether or not to take part in national holiday celebrations worldwide and all year long. When planning your travels, do a little research on how a particular country celebrates independence or national pride to decide if it is worth experiencing firsthand. Happy travels!