Expect colorful parades on May 30th as this is when the British Dependent Territory celebrates Anguilla Day. It is their National Day of Anguilla and commemorates their declaration of independence which took place on May 30th, 1967.
What Is Anguilla Day?
This small Caribbean island measures just 16 miles long and is the smallest of all British Overseas Territories in the area (out of 5). Colonized in 1650 by English settlers, the British recognized it as a colony in 1825.
The union of Anguilla with St. Kitts and Nevis in the 1830s was not popular with many Anguillans as they believed their needs were being neglected. It also meant that St. Kitts could make laws for Anguilla, which was the doing of the British government at the time.
It was seen as a more convenient approach, but not for the locals. With politics causing resentment, it was on May 30th, 1967, that many Anguillans evicted the Royal St. Kitts police from their headquarters, forcing them from their island. British authority was restored in 1971, and then in 1980, Anguilla gained its independence from St. Kitts and Nevis.
The 1967 event is seen as a significant moment in the history of Anguilla and a step towards their autonomy. Therefore, it is celebrated today.
How To Celebrate Anguilla Day?
If you’re lucky enough to celebrate from the island itself, expect a colorful parade and plenty of celebrations. There is also an around-the-island boat race on this day every year. If you wish to get involved, it can be respectful to learn about the interesting history of the island. It is one of their most significant public holidays, and the vibrant celebrations reflect this.
Also, be sure to use the hashtag #AnguillaDay to see how others are celebrating, and to spread the word.