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Independence Day

Independence Day 2019 and 2020

Venezuela celebrates its Independence Day every 5 July to remember the day in 1811 when the nation declared its independence from Spain. More specifically, it was the date of the adoption of the declaration of independence by an assembly of representatives from all over Venezuela.

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Venezuela was the first country in South America to declare its independence from Spain. After nearly three centuries as a Spanish New World colony, Venezuela led the way and revolted. Although Simon Bolivar was later involved, the initial uprisings were led by Francisco de Miranda and began in 1809. By 5 July, 1811, seven out of 10 of Venezuela’s colonial provinces formally declared independence. It was not until the 1830’s, 20 years later, however, that independence was finally achieved.

There are military parades on 5 July since this date is also Armed Forces Day. There are also numerous patriotic speeches made and many concerts, fireworks displays, and other special events.