July International Holidays 2018

fireworks-clipartThe big celebration in the United States in July is of course, Independence Day, or as many Americans refer to it, the Fourth of July. Americans tend to celebrate our independence by having cookouts with friends and family, watching parades, going to band concerts, and the grand finale is always amazing fireworks displays in most major cities and towns. As you’ll read below, many other countries celebrate Independence Day in July as well – see below to find out how others celebrate.

What holiday or celebration do you most look forward to in July? How do you celebrate the 4th or your favorite July holiday? Comment below, so we can celebrate with you.

Holidays celebrated around the world in July (this is not an exhaustive list, please comment with additional holidays and celebrations):

1st July

Canada Day: Canada

Freedom Day: Suriname

Independence Day: Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia*

Republic Day: Ghana

2nd July

Constitution Day: Cayman Islands

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul: Colombia

Heroes Day: Zambia

4th July

Independence Day: United States of America

Liberation Day: Rwanda

5th July

Independence Day: Algeria, Cape Verde, Venezuela*

6th July

Independence Day: Malawi*

9th July

Independence Day: Argentina*

10th July

Independence Day: Bahamas*

11th July

National Day: Mongolia (July 11-15)

12th July

Independence Day: Sao Tome and Principe*

Orangemen's Day: Ireland

14th July

Bastille Day: France

Republic Day: Iraq

15th July

Sultan's Birthday: Brunei

16th July

Day of the Sea: Japan

18th July

Dragon Boat Festival: China

Constitution Day: Uruguay

19th July

Sandinista Revolution Day: Nicaragua

20th July

Independence Day: Colombia*

21st July

Liberation Day: Guam

23rd July

Revolution Day: Egypt

24th July

Simon Bolivar Day: Ecuador, Venezuela

25th July

Constitution Day: Puerto Rico

Guanacaste Day: Costa Rica

Republic Day: Tunisia

Revolution Day: Cuba

Feast of Saint James the Apostle: Spain

26th July

Independence Day: Liberia, Maldives*

Day of the Rebellion: Cuba

28th July

Independence Day: Peru (July 28-29)*

30th July

Independence Day: Vanuatu*


* The countries, other than the United States, celebrating Independence Day in July include: Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Algeria, Cape Verde, Venezuela, Malawi, Argentina, Bahamas, Sao Tome and Principe, Colombia, Liberia, Maldives, Peru, and Vanuatu. Some of the traditions around the world include:

  • In Burundi they reflect on their long history and path to independence with presentations and performances including choirs
  • In Somalia they celebrate with music, food, and games, at an annual family friendly street festival
  • Independence Day in Algeria is celebrated with flag hoisting, parades, singing patriotic songs and the national anthem, and speeches by the president
  • The Independence Day celebration in Cape Verde is a raucous event which is celebrated on every island
  • In the days before, and on Independence Day, Bahamians engage in numerous cultural and festive and ethnocentric activities and events, all of which are designed to demonstrate patriotism
  • In Sao Tome and Principe they celebrate with musical performances, dance shows, and theatrical interpretations of the centuries during which the region was a colony of Portugal
  • Parades and marches, watching sports and listening to traditional folk music are popular activities throughout Colombia
  • Celebrations in Venuatu are a mix of the patriotic activities such as flag hoisting and army parade, and revelry includes local string bands, dancing groups, magic men, and drinking a local beverage called Kava


We here at Rapport International wish a happy and safe Independence Day celebration to all our colleagues and customers in the countries who celebrate independence this month.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this information, and that you’ll join us in celebrating on a global level.


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