Barbados Independence Day is a holiday that’s normally observed on the 30th of November every year, but that date can be moved if the holiday falls on a weekend. In that case, the holiday would be moved to the following Monday. Regardless of when this holiday is celebrated, what’s important is that it’s a holiday that commemorates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
Nowadays, it’s also used to commemorate the country becoming a republic after it had been a part of the Commonwealth of Nations. That increases the significance of an already important holiday for most residents and as a result, this holiday is widely celebrated.
The History Of Independence Day In Barbados
During the 17th century, Barbados became a British colony and its first settlement was established in 1627. It would become not only a strategic position for the British for trade and military purposes, but it was also important because of its sugar cane production.
During the mid-20th century, Barbados began to move towards a desire for independence. In 1961, it would become self-governing and it pushed for independence. On November 30th, 1966, the passage of the Barbados Independence Act by the UK’s Parliament granted independence to the country. Errol Barrow would become the first Prime Minister of Barbados.
Barbados was a part of the Commonwealth of Nations and Queen Elizabeth II remained as the country’s head of state, although the country was self-governing. This would change in 2021 when Barbados became a republic and the Queen as a head of state was replaced with a President. The President was Sandra Mason.
Observing Independence Day In Barbados
This holiday is observed all over Barbados with a variety of different events. Not only is there a parade beginning at the Garrison Savannah Racecourse, but there are also lights used all over major government buildings and businesses that represent the colors of the country’s flag. Other events include parties, concerts, and firework displays as well.
When is Independence Day in Barbados?
|This year (2023)||November 30 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2024)||November 30 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2022)||November 30 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|