Colombian Independence Day

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2020 DateJuly 20, 2020
2021 DateJuly 20, 2021
Colombian Independence Day

Colombian Independence Day History

Colombia Independence Day celebrates the country's liberation from Spanish rule. On this day in 1810, the people took to the streets to protest. Later on, the Revolution Act was signed, and Colombia gained temporary independence, which would later become permanent. In 1873, 63 years after the signing of the Revolution Act, the date was officially declared as the anniversary of the proclamation of independence.

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Colombian Independence Day Facts

  • Hundreds of soldiers and police officers go to the streets to take part in the celebratory parades.
  • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Colombia. In 2017, its national league was ranked 6th in the world.
  • Colombian player James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award for most goals scored in the 2014 World Cup.
  • Colombia is the second most biodiverse country on the planet. More than half its territory is covered in forest. It contains around 10% of the flora and fauna on Earth.
  • The golden poison dart frog, one of the most toxic animals in the world, is only found in Colombia. A single frog has enough poison to kill 10 adult men.

Colombian Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Prepare a traditional Colombian dish or beverage, such as the bandeja paisa, the ajíaco and the aguapanela.
  • Watch the 2015 documentary Colombia: Wild Magic about Colombia's rich wildlife.
  • Start a book by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most important authors of the 20th century. He won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1972 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. His most famous work is One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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