Carabobo Battle

Carabobo Battle was a conflict that was fought between independence fighters who were led by General Simon Bolivar and Royalist forces that were led by Field Marshal Miguel de la Torre in Venezuela. The victory of Bolivar over Torre would result in an independent Venezuela and the creation of the Republic of Gran Columbia.

In Venezuela, this battle is celebrated as a public holiday every June 24th. It’s usually observed with a state-sponsored military parade, an air show, and reenactments on the site of the battle. Teachers also use this day to teach elementary and middle-school students about the battle and its historical significance.

The History Of Carabobo Battle

Before the start of this battle, several events took place that set the stage for the conflict. Patriot Francisco de Miranda had taken control of Caracas between 1810-1812 but lost it when the Spanish took back control of it.

Miranda would be handed over to the royalist as a traitor and his compatriot Bolivar would end up fleeing the country. Bolivar would end up organizing the Admirable Campaign in 1813 and re-established the Second Republic of Venezuela.

The Third Republic of Venezuela was established in 1818 and its purpose was to liberate the entire country. Bolivar formed the Republic of Columbia and placed himself as President in 1819. Once Colombia had secured its independence, he then went on to try to liberate Venezuela. In 1820, Bolivar and the Spanish loyalists drew up an armistice.

On June 24, 1821, the Battle of Carabobo was fought. Independence fighters under Bolivar defeated Spanish loyalists under Torre. This victory led to Spain’s recognition of an independent Venezuela.

Observing Carabobo Battle In Venezuela

The day observing this decisive and important battle is observed with a military parade and an airshow first and foremost. It’s also celebrated with re-enactments of the battle that’s often attended by school children so that they can learn more about the battle. It’s also a day off for the general public and many people use the day to attend special events.

Where is it celebrated?
Venezuela (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
June 24 Saturday
Next year (2024)
June 24 Monday
Last year (2022)
June 24 Friday