Caricom Day is a public holiday that’s observed on the first Monday in July annually in Guyana. This day commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which occurred on July 4, 1973. The treaty was signed by Prime Ministers Errol Barrow of Barbados, Michael Manley of Jamaica, Forbes Burnham of Guyana, and Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago.
The treaty initially created CARICOM, and in 2002, it was revised to allow for the eventual establishment of a single economy and market. CARICOM, also known as the Caribbean Community or CC, is an intergovernmental organization of 15 member states and dependencies throughout the Caribbean that promotes economic integration and cooperation among its members.
The History of Caricom Day
Caricom Day was established as a public holiday according to Section 6 of the Public Holidays Act, Chapter 19:07 of the laws of Guyana. It was created shortly after the creation of CARICOM in 1973.
Facts About Guyana
Since we’ve covered just about everything we could cover about Caricom Day, we thought we’d change our focus and talk about some of the things that we learned about Guyana during our research.
- Guyana is known as the “Land of Many Waterfalls.”
- Approximately 80% of Guyana is covered in rainforests.
- Fishing, mining, and agriculture are among Guyana’s most important economic activities.
- Guyana is a parliamentary democracy.
- English is one of the main languages spoken in Guyana.
Observing Caricom Day
This holiday is observed by people all over Guyana who attend beach parties before and on Caricom Day and participate in music festivals throughout the country. There are also bike races run on this day, and exhibits are generally held at the Guyana National Museum.