Dominican Republic Independence Restoration Day

Dominican Republic Independence Restoration Day

August 16
During the 19th century, the Dominican Republic won its autonomy from Haiti, only to quickly lose it again over a decade later to Spain. The country reclaimed its freedom after winning a two-year-long war with Spain in 1865. Only 14 men were present for the historic raid that marked the beginning of that war, on August 16, 1863. The freedom fighter Santiago Rodriguez led his small contingent up Capotillo Hill in the capital city, Santo Domingo, where they raised the Dominican flag.
Thus, to pay tribute to its complicated history, Dominicans celebrate independence twice a year: on Dominican Republic Independence Day and on Dominican Republic Independence Restoration Day, which commemorates the official beginning of the War of the Restoration in 1863. Celebrations take place throughout the island, but the most prominent celebrations are in Santo Domingo and the other main city, Santiago.
Customary festivities include parades, street fairs, and performances of the national anthem and other compositions. Troops will also present a military review before government officials.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Dominican Republic
1715 22nd St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-332-6280; fax: 202-265-8057
Dominican Republic Tourism Office
136 E. 57th St., Ste. 803
New York, NY 10022
888-374-6361 or 215-588-1012; fax: 212-588-1015
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