Bahamas Independence Day

Bahamas Independence Day

July 10
The Bahama Islands gained independence from Great Britain at 12:01 a.m. on this day in 1973. The islands had been a British colony for nearly 250 years, but are now a commonwealth, with their own prime minister and parliament.
Businesses are closed on the tenth, a legal holiday, but festivities go on for a week with parades and celebrations. A fireworks display at Clifford Park on July 10 tops off the week.
CONTACTS:
Bahamas Embassy
2220 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-319-2660; fax: 202-319-2668
www.bahamas.gov.bs
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 115
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