Argentina Independence Day

Argentina Independence Day

July 9
Independence Day in Argentina is a national holiday commemorating the day in 1816 when delegates from various provinces of the country met at the home of the prominent Bazán family, in Tucumán, to proclaim their independence from Spanish rule. The Bazán home has been preserved and is now a museum known as the Casa Histórica de la Independencia.
The ideal of Argentine independence had been growing for many years before 1816, fostered by the American and French Revolutions. Argentine confidence that a war for independence could be won was bolstered when British forces invaded Buenos Aires in 1806 and 1807, and were driven back by Argentine forces. After much discussion among the various Argentine factions and military campaigns at various places around South America, independence was declared and the United Provinces of South America was formed. Civil war and various forms of government followed, but the date of the original Independence Day celebration has been continuously honored. It is now marked across the country by speeches and patriotic displays, as well as parties, family reunions, and live music. In 2007, Independence Day was the occasion of a freak snowstorm in the capital city, Buenos Aires. Prior to that day, it had not snowed in Buenos Aires since 1918.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-2512
202-238-6400; fax: 202-332-3171
www.embassyofargentina.us