In the United States Independence Day is celebrated with solemn prayer during the day and then loud and colorful fireworks celebrations at night. It is celebrated on the 4th of July every year and many families, and communities, have large gatherings and picnics to celebrate American independence. Other countries throughout the world also celebrate their Independence Day in their own way and on dates special to them. Just because the United States seems to be the loudest in celebrating their independence does not make them the only country to celebrate an Independence Day.
In Afghanistan they celebrate their Independence Day on August 19 and it is the day that they received their independence from the United Kingdom. It is unclear how events of the last 6 or 7 years will effect how the Afghan people celebrate an Independence Day but for now this is the one they celebrate and they have since 1919.
One of the more interesting Independence Day celebrations in the world is the one that happens in the Bahamas every year on July 10. On this date they celebrate their independence from the United Kingdom in 1973 and even though this is a fairly new Independence Day holiday there is no doubt that the good people of the Bahamas have already figured out many fun ways to celebrate their special day.
One of the non-violent revolutions that resulted in an Independence Day is celebrated in the Czech Republic and has its origins in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. In the Velvet Revolution it was the overthrow of the Socialist government without firing a shot. It started as a student protest that was put down by riot police. In response to the way the students were treated other protests sprang up all over the Czech Republic and soon an all out general strike was called. Because other Communist governments had collapsed recently the Socialists soon found themselves in no position to put up any further military resistance to this peaceful coup. On November 28 the Socialists announced they were stepping down and by December 29 the Czech’s had an elected president. November 17 is set aside for remembering the Velvet Revolution.