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July, 2017

  • 13 July

    Power Outage Spoils Independence Celebrations; Residents on Edge

    Instead of culminating a grand evening of celebrating the country’s independence with fireworks and Junkanoo, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) stepped in to steal the show as the Junkanoo group marched around the, now dark, BAIC Park.

  • 13 July

    Goombay Festival Kicks Off Independence Weekend Festivities

    The Ministry of Tourism’s Goombay Summer Festival was the first event to take place on July 7, 2017 at BAIC Park during The Bahamas’ 44th Independence weekend festivities.

January, 2017

  • 4 January

    Bahamas Remembers Former Abaco MP and Activist

    Errington “Bumpy” Watkins, a former police officer who was elected to the House of Assembly and led early, unsuccessful efforts by Abaconians to secede from The Bahamas ahead of Independence, passed away on December 26 at age 90.

July, 2015

  • 16 July

    Man-O-War Independence Day Celebrations

    The Bahamas celebrated 42 years of Independence on Friday, July 10, and Man-O-War is one Cay that sure knows how to celebrate. There were games, contests and fun for the whole family.

August, 2014

  • 1 August

    Summer Junkanoo held at BAIC Park

    Organized by the local Ministry of Tourism office, special festivities were held at the BAIC Marsh Harbour Farmer’s Market grounds on the evenings of July 11 and 12. The entertainment, intended for tourists and locals, corresponded with the 41st Independence Anniversary and was meant to replace the usual Goombay Summer Festival.

  • 1 August

    Central Abaco Independence celebrations focus on peace

    Locals of Central Abaco celebrated the 41st Bahamas Independence anniversary on July 9 at the Murphy Town Park.

  • 1 August

    South Abaco Independence celebrations highlighted by RBPF Band parades

    July 10 marked the 41st Bahamian Independence Day. South Abaco residents celebrated the holiday with church services, music, food, and more.

August, 2013

  • 8 August

    Man-O-War celebrates Forty Years

    The Bahamas' 40th birthday was celebrated in Man-O-War Cay with a day of sports, activities, food, and lots of family fun. Man-O-War has been celebrating the country's independence with a fun sports day since 1974. The day began with sports activities for 16 years and under, at the softball field. The field activities ended with a tug of war: the older men vs. younger men, and older women vs. younger women. The older men and women won this year. It would seem they were older, wiser AND stronger.

  • 8 August

    Fire Road organizes its first fishing tournament, Independence Festival

    The first O’Donnell McIntosh Snapper Fishing Tournament and Independence Festival for Fire Road took place on July 12-14 at the Fire Road Public Bay. Ashley Clarke was the moderator for the opening ceremony, which began with a performance from a group of young praise dancers. Following the opening prayer by Leslie Cornish, Eric Collie Sr. welcomed everyone to the grand celebration and to a community that makes everyone feel at home. He declared that Fire Road has some of the best people in The Bahamas particularly in the sporting arena with world-class athletes like Savatheda Fynes and Troy McIntosh.

  • 8 August

    Murphy Town Cultural Extravaganza brings in Independence

    During the evening of July 9, the 40th Anniversary of Independence Cultural Extravaganza brought a large crowd to the Murphy Town Park soccer field, where a decorated stage and several tents had been set. Two large tents offered shelter and seats, and included a section for the dignitaries, among them Administrator Preston Cunningham, Permanent Secretary of State, Alexander Flowers and District Superintendent of Education, Dr. Lenora Black.. The evening included music from gospel bands, solo singing, rake n’scrape and popular calypso and goombay rhythms. Around 9:00 p.m., Sandra Edwards began the evening performances, and beautifully sang the National Anthem and “This Land is my Land.”