This holiday commemorates the day when The Bahamas became a fully independent nation on July 10, 1973, separating from the United Kingdom. However, we remain a member of The Commonwealth of Nations.
Local residents and regatta lovers from throughout The Bahamas reunite to celebrate, with racing of Class A, B, and C sloops, live entertainment, cultural activities, games, native food and drinks. This event is held every year during the Emancipation Day holiday weekend.
This holiday, on the first Monday in August, celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the British colonies in 1834. It is celebrated with a Junkanoo Rush-out, a day of beaching, sailing, and regattas in most islands.