There is nothing as American as celebrating the Fourth Of July.
The whole world knows this is our favorite holiday. We make movies and songs about it, and rub our day off, cookouts and fireworks in everyone’s faces. That is, unless you’re the poor chump in your office who didn’t get the day off.
As a matter of fact, if you’re not quick, you might have the most random Summer vacation days in the world. Not to worry: there are actually quite a few other “Independence Days” in the Summer. Some of them are in places we wouldn’t necessarily recommend going this Summer, like Afghanistan.
Others are in places we’d use any excuse to visit. Flip through and check ’em out.
Argentina – Celebrates its independence from Spain in 1816 on July 9
Cape Verde – Celebrates its independence from Portugal in 1975 on July 5
France – Has perhaps the second most famous “independence” celebration after us: July 14 – Bastille Day
Indonesia – Celebrates its independence from The Netherlands in 1945 on August 17
Jamaica – Celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom in 1962 on August 6
Malaysia – Celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957 on August 31
Maldives – Celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 on July 26
São Tomé and Príncipe – Celebrates its independence from Portugal in 1975 July 12
Seychelles – Celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom in 1976 on June 29
Tonga – Was never anybody’s dang colony! But they celebrate their National Day on June 4 in memory of a late King