Jamaicans Across The United States Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence Day With Wide Range Of Activities

Jamaican’s across the United States will ring in the island’s 47th anniversary of Independence with a host of exciting and memorable events under the theme “I Believe In Jamaica”.  This year also marks the 171st anniversary of Jamaica’s emancipation from slavery and a number of events will be hosted across the U.S. to celebrate the occasion. 

In recent years, the festivities have grown from weekend events to weeklong celebrations in markets across the United States.  The celebrations provide not only Jamaicans, but people from various Caribbean nations and lovers of the region, the opportunity to come together and enjoy the fellowship and company of friends, and the chance to experience and appreciate the genius of Jamaica – the people, food, music, art and culture.

Throughout the week, Independence activities will demonstrate the range of Jamaica’s culture from church services, fairs and concerts to town hall meetings, flag raising ceremonies, art exhibitions and Independence Balls.  Events will commence during the last week of July with many culminating during the second week of August. (Separate list of activities attached).

“The government of Jamaica remains committed to ensuring that there remains a strong connection between Jamaica and the Diaspora,” said Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism. “In our continuous efforts to showcase the inherent cultural beauty of our island, we encourage all Jamaicans across the Americas to join us in the celebrations which reflect the “I Believe In Jamaica” theme.

History
Jamaica gained Independence from England on August 6, 1962, after more than 300 years of British rule.  On August 7, 1962, the first meeting of Jamaica’s new Parliament was held in Gordon House where Jamaica was officially welcomed as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

In the period since the milestone events of Emancipation and Independence, Jamaica has weathered many challenges and is now poised for an unparalleled period of growth fueled by large investments in the tourism sector.