Jamaica Independence Day

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2020 DateAugust 6, 2020
2021 DateAugust 6, 2021
Jamaica Independence Day

Jamaica Independence Day History

Jaimaica Independence Day celebrates Jamaica's independence from England. The Constitution took effect on August 6, 1962, and guaranteed the freedom, rights and priviliges of every Jamaican citizen.

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Jamaica Independence Day Facts

  • The theme for Jamaica Independence Day 2018 year is "One love, One Family".
  • Due to the proximity of Independence Day (August 6) and Emancipation Day (August 1), the term "Emancipendence" was born to celebrate the period.
  • Jamaican Usain Bolt is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter ever. He has a record 8 Olympic gold medals, which he achieved in 3 consecutive Olympics. It was previously 9 medals but the 4 x 100 meters relay medal he won in the 2008 Olympics was taken from him because of a teammate's doping violation.

Jamaica Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Prepare the national dish of Jamaica, ackee and salt fish. Click here for ingredients and directions.
  • Watch the 1976 comedy-drama Smile Orange about tourism in Jamaica.
  • Listen to reggae music or attend a reggae event. Reggae is a music genre created in Jamaica.

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