The Bahamas provides an island escape that helps visitors unwind, relax and rejuvenate no matter what time of year you arrive. The natural beauty that saturates this collection of islands keeps travelers flocking in from near and far to absorb the stunning scenery, take advantage of the endless sun and sand while of course jumping at opportunities to get on the water in the name of sailing, surfing, and swimming. When you’re looking for a Bahamian trip that includes great festivities, make sure you book your tickets for a July arrival when the islands dedicate a week to celebrating their independence.
A Week of Fun
While many countries stick to a single day of fireworks, the islands of the Bahamas come together in the name of independence and have instead dedicated the week of July 10th to honoring their rich and complex past while celebrating their status as a free and independent people. The islands officially became a nation on July 10, 1973, and since this time, Independence Week marks a festival that connects the islands as one in festive celebration.
Celebrate Across the Islands
Locals and visitors enjoy a vast array of activities that span the islands during this week with several of the larger events focused around Nassau and Freeport. No matter where you go during this celebration, you’ll be met with high-energy fun and an endless string of traditional parades, fireworks, speeches and dances commemorating a very special time in the history of the islands. Many of the islands also host art exhibits and opportunities to sample local foods. While the islands were long under the control of European explorers who claimed the lands as early as the 1400s, Independence Week is a bold reminder of just how long the people of The Bahamas fought for their chance to call the islands their own once again.
Bahamas Independence Week Logistics
There is no entry fee for the Bahamas Independence Week festivities. Guests are invited to island-hop in the name of catching some of the most spectacular fireworks displays night after night. Be sure to keep your eyes open for parades that include traditional Junkanoo dancing that comes complete with full, glittering costumes! The Bahamian National Anthem is played after fireworks, making for a moving tribute to just how far the islands have come since the Bahamas independence day in 1973.
Make the Most of an Island Getaway
When you’re visiting the islands during Independence Week, make sure Island Real Estate has you booked in a beautiful vacation rental that comes with a view and keeps you close to the fun. We’re happy to match guests with properties that suit your taste, style and desired level of luxury. Contact us today to start planning your Bahamas independence day vacation and to book one of our Bahamas villas!