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5 Patriotic holidays from around the world

Jul 01, 2015 by Laura Barber

Countries around the globe throw some pretty spectacular bashes in the name of patriotism—that’s right, the Fourth of July and Canada Day are just the start! To get you inspired to put a big celebration on your travel bucket list, we’re sharing a few unforgettable holidays to experience on your next tour.

Bastille Day


Bastille Day, July 14

Formally called La Fête nationale and commonly referred to as Le quatorze juillet, Bastille Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille and beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. Each year in Paris, the oldest and largest military parade in Europe is held to mark the occasion. Since 1918, this impressive display has made its way down the Champs-Élysées and includes 7,000 soldiers, 300 vehicles, 240 horses, and over 80 planes and helicopters.

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The UNESCO-listed wharf known as Bryggen in Bergen, Norway


Constitution Day, May 17

Norway celebrates its independence from Sweden on the 17th of May every year. On this day in Oslo, the local children parade past the Royal Palace to exchange waves and greetings with the Royal Family. The children’s parade has been a central part of Constitution Day festivities since 1906.

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Bamberg, Germany


German Unity Day, October 3

This is the national day of Germany and celebrates the country’s 1990 reunification. Instead of taking place in the capital, official celebrations are hosted by a different German city each year on a rotating schedule, and the event includes speeches, concerts, community meals, and fireworks.

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio, Brazil


Sete de Setembro, September 7

After 322 years as a colony of Portugal, Brazil’s independence was declared in a now-famous scene along the banks of the Ipiranga River on September 7, 1822. Known as Sete de Setembro or Dia da Pátria, September 7 is a nationally recognized holiday. Throughout the country, the day is marked by patriotic displays, but the primary event takes place in Brasília and includes a military parade along the Ministries Esplanade.

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Republic Day, January 26

On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India was officially adopted, establishing the country’s status as a republic completely independent from British rule. The main celebrations, which take place in New Delhi, are centered around the Delhi Republic Day parade. The festive procession follows the Rajpath from the presidential residence past the India gate, and honors the memory of the martyrs who died while fighting for Indian freedom.

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About the author | Laura Barber
It all began on a school trip to London in 7th grade. Since that first jaunt across the pond, Laura has been hooked on all things travel (and British for that matter). When she's not at work using her words to help people find their own adventures, she can be found running 5ks, refining her cribbage game, or rewatching The Office for the 100th time.

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