Independence Day in Grenada
Independence Day is observed annually in Grenada. It marks the country’s independence from Great Britain in 1974 and is celebrated as a public holiday. This holiday is celebrated on the 7th of February each year—regardless of whether it falls on a weekend or not.
It is also a day that is very easy to notice because all across Grenada, there are colorful parades and boisterous festivities. There are also government ceremonies that commemorate the day in an official capacity. Because this holiday is a public one, banks and many businesses are closed on this day to allow the general population to celebrate.
The History of Independence Day in Grenada
Since the colonization of the New World, Grenada has been visited and occupied by a number of different European powers. In the mid-17th century, France took control of the island, and thanks to its sugar production, it became one of the wealthiest colonies.
When the French were defeated after the Seven Years’ War—The Treaty of Paris would cede Grenada to Great Britain in 1763. Grenada would remain a British colony for the next two centuries.
During the 1950s, independence movements began, and Grenada would become an Associated State in March of 1967, given full control over its internal affairs. However, it wouldn’t become completely independent from Great Britain until February 7, 1974. This is when Grenada gained full independence, and Eric Gairy would become the first Prime Minister of the country.
Observing Independence Day in Grenada
All across Grenada, there are festivals, parades, and official commemorations of this holiday. Since it’s a public holiday, banks are closed on this day, as are many businesses. It’s also a day for people to spend time with friends and family members, enjoying such traditional Grenadian dishes as Curried Goat, Oil Down, and Lambi.