Marlon Hill – Statement In Commemoration of Jamaica’s Emancipation And Independence Day Celebrations In Southern United States

As a proud product of Jamaica, I am honored to share my warmest greetings for the 57th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence to the extended family of Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Southern United States residents who share the rich history and heritage of the island nation of Jamaica. Over the 57 years of independence, Jamaica and persons of Jamaican descent have made an indelible mark on the economy, culture, and history of the United States.    From the creative spark of the founding of the genre of hip-hop to the manifestation of a civil rights era to the contributions of our entrepreneurial spirit, Jamaicans have uplifted the spirit and vibrancy of America.

Today, Jamaican nationals and persons of Jamaican descent populate our operating rooms, corporate board rooms, construction sites, cruise line kitchens, court rooms, class rooms, religious podiums, city halls, and other places within our economy and civic engagement in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and around the Southern United States.

I encourage all residents and visitors to partake in and celebrate the number of public commemorative events in your local communities (see attached).   Happy 57th Anniversary, Jamaica!




August 1:

Caribbean Emancipation Day – (5:30 pm) Church of Atonement 4401 W. Oakland Park Blvd,                                                                     Lauderdale Lakes, FL   33313

August 2: 

Celebrate Jamaica Independence Session
with Fab 5 at Temple Beth Emet Center,
4807 S. Flamingo Rd. Cooper City, FL  (305-794-8782 or 561-333-8853)

Jump off to Jamaica’s Independence Weekend Life After Work” (LAW) 5 pm-midnight
I.T. Boat Dock, 901 NE 3rd Street, Dania Beach, (305-623-5078)


August 3:

Family Fun In the Sun Fair – (10 am – 6 pm) Florida City
Loren Roberts Park, 627 NW 6th Avenue, Florida City, FL 33034
Contact: 786-863-1843 or [email protected]

Jamaica Celebrates Independence – OLD TIME STREET DANCE (3 pm – midnight)
The Warehouse, 3500 NW 15th Str., Lauderhill, 33311 (DJ Mark Swaby)
Contact: 754-204-6443 / 954-608-7973 / 954-849-0056      

Jamaica Independence Celebrations – (6 p.m – 10 p.m.)  Free Admission
Shirley Bianca Park, 6900 Miramar Pkwy. Miramar, Family Entertainment
Hosted by Mayor Wayne Messam.

Jamaica Independence Gala and Awards  (7:00 pm ) hosted by (JURA),
Signature Grand, 6900 FL-84, Davie, FL
Special guest: Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health.

Kiwanis Pinecrest Palmetto  Bay Jamaica Independence Fete (9pm – until)
American Legion Hall, 16401 SW 90th Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Admission:  $10; Music by DJ Mel


August 4:

Official Independence Thanksgiving Church Service, (4:00 pm)
The Faith Center, 5555 NW 95th Avenue, Sunrise, FL 33351.
Hosted by the Consulate General ofJamaica. Contact:  305-374-8431 or

Independence Service Grace Episcopal Church (10:00 am)
 3600 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL  33407 Contact: 561-845-6060

Caribbean Independence Celebration Service (4:00 p.m.)
First United Methodist Church, 260 SW Prima Vista Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL (954-806-7360)

Flag Raising & Independence Celebration (12 noon – 10 p.m.)
Lauderhill Sports Park  Lauderhill, FL 7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd.  (954-336-6223)

Jamaica 57 Independence Street Festival (3 pm -10 pm) Free Admission
Beauty & Progress Park (64th Avenue & Miramar Pkwy)


August 7:

Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer  – (4:00 p.m)
Davie Community Worship Center, 4140 SW 54 Avenue, Davie, FL  33314

Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer    (7:00 pm)
Christway Baptist Church – 3500 South Douglas Road, Miramar, FL. 33025


August 10:      

Jamaica Independence Dance
Cariflex Sports Diner, 14291 SW 120th Street, Miami, FL (305-382-7076)
(Free admission)


August 17:      

Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza (7 pm – 10 pm)
Lauderdale Lakes Educational &Cultural Center, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes
(Free admission)




July 27:           

Jamaica Pre-Independence Session (FAB FIVE)  9 p.m.
Tampa Letter Carriers Hall 3003 Cypress Str. Tampa 33609
Contact:  813-505-6663 or 813-965-5475


August 4:

Independence Church Service – North Orlando  Seventh Day Adventist Church
4525 N. Hiawassee Rd. FL 32818   (4:00 p.m.)
Hosted by Jamaica American Association of Central FLA.


August 10:

Independence Gala, 7:pm., Jamaican/American Association of Central Florida at the Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819.  (




August 4:        

Ecumenical  Service of Thanksgiving (5 p.m.)
St. Timothy United Methodist Church,     5365 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain
Hosted by Honorary Consul for JA and JA community associations & businesses


August 10:

Annual Independence Gala & Scholarship Awards – Atlanta Marriot Marquis Hotel
Cocktail Reception – (6:00 pm)




July 26:           

Jamaica Foundation of Houston Community Forum & Investment  Series
Presenters:  Consul General Mair and Vivion Scully, JAMPRO.


July 27:

Annual Independence Gala, Jamaica Foundation of Houston, Red Oak Ballroom, City Center, Houston, (7:pm)
Consul General R. Oliver Mair, Keynote  Speaker
Contact: 291-241-9929 or


August 4:

Ecumenical Independence Church Service Windsor Village Church, Houston,
Texas (9:50 am)


Office of Consulate General of Jamaica
Cheryl Wynter, Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami