Gibraltar National Day

Gibraltar National Day

September 10
The Rock of Gibraltar is a peninsula located on the southern tip of Spain. On September 10, 1967, the people of Gibraltar participated in a national referendum and rejected the option for their small territory to pass under Spanish control. Instead, the Rock of Gibraltar remained a British territory with an arrangement of local sovereignty. Since 1967, Gibraltarians have commemorated the referendum date with celebrations coordinated by the Ministry of Culture.
In recent years, Gibraltar National Day has become an event to foster pride and has extended into Gibraltar National Week. Events leading up to the momentous day are held at different venues and include dance performances, military band concerts, and a governor's parade.
On National Day, people typically dress in the national colors of red and white. A popular tradition is the ceremonial release of 30,000 red and white balloons, each of which represents an individual living on the rock.
CONTACTS:
Gibraltar Tourist Board
www.gibraltar.gi/home
Government of Gibraltar / Ministry for Heritage, Culture, Youth & Sport
310 Main St.
Gibraltar

Celebrated in: Gibraltar

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