This year marks the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Every year on August 6, Jamaica celebrates Independence Day. When Jamaica gained independence with full complete independence in the Commonwealth in 1962, under a constitution that preserved the British monarch as head of state, this day became a national holiday. Alexander Bustamante was the first elected Prime Minister.
Following Jamaica’s independence, Britain lost control over the country’s affairs. As a result, the new Prime Minister and his locally chosen cabinet became principally in charge of these. Furthermore, Jamaica’s independence required the development of a constitution, symbols, emblems, an army, currency, and passports.
When is Happy Independence Day Jamaica Celebrated?
On August 6th, Jamaica celebrates Independence Day as a public holiday. If the 6th of August arrives on a Sunday, the holiday will be commemorated on Monday, August 7th. This is Jamaica’s National Day, and it commemorates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom on this day in 1962.
The Origins of Independence Day Jamaica Quotes
Jamaica was one of the earliest colonies established in the ‘new world.’ In 1509, Jamaica had become a Spanish colony. During the Anglo-Spanish War in May 1655, the British acquired control of the island. The British Empire disintegrated in the 1950s, and Jamaica took advantage of it by amending its constitution to allow for greater self-government and the appointment of a Prime Minister. Jamaica entered the West Indies Federation in 1958, a political alliance of numerous Caribbean islands that were also British colonies.
Jamaicans had grown disenchanted with the Federation by September 1961. The long march to independence resulted in a referendum in Jamaica, with 54 percent of Jamaicans voting to leave the Federation. The ‘Jamaica Labour Party,’ led by Bustamante, won the elections in 1962, resulting in the passage of the Jamaica Independence Act by the United Kingdom Parliament on July 19, 1962. The British handed them independence on August 6, 1962, and the Jamaican flag flew for the first time.
With Jamaica’s admission to the Commonwealth of Nations, Bustamante became the country’s first Prime Minister. The ‘Jamaica Independence Festival,’ which includes a magnificent parade, traditional music, the World Reggae Dance Final, and other events, is the main attraction of Jamaica Independence Day.
Top Jamaica Independence Day Events & Things to Do
- Prepare the Jamaican national meal, ackee, and salt fish. Click here for the recipe and instructions.
- Smile Orange is a 1976 comedy-drama regarding tourism in Jamaica.
- Listen to reggae music or go to a reggae concert. Reggae is a Jamaican musical genre.
Happy Independence Day Jamaica 2022 Wishes
- “They gave away everything to give us an independent nation and we must also work hard to leave a nation our generations will always be proud of…. Warm wishes on Happy Jamaica Independence Day 2022…”
- “A country is not just a piece of land but a home for many people who deserve to be independent and free…. On that note, wishing a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day Wishes to all…”
- “Today we can enjoy freedom and independence, enjoy the comforts and rights we are given as a citizen…. Wishing you a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day my dear…”
- “Independence comes with responsibility and on Happy Jamaica Independence Day, we as the citizens of Jamaica must fulfill all our responsibilities to keep our nation safe and growing…”
Happy Independence Day Jamaica 2022 Quotes
- “We all have seen a dream for a progressing and prospering Jamaica and on the occasion of Jamaica Independence Day, let us promise to work hard to make this dream come true.”
- “Freedom is something that money cannot buy and therefore, must be valued, protected and nourished with efforts…. Happy Jamaica Independence Day Jamaica 2022….”
- “They left us with the onus to protect our independent nation and we must fulfill that responsibility by keeping our nation free from all sorts of problems…. Happy Jamaica Independence Day 2022…”
- “Wishing a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day to you my dear…. Many have laid down their lives for freedom and we must never let their sacrifices go in vain.”
- “It is a proud day for all of us as we are here to celebrate Jamaica Independence Day Quotes….. Warm wishes on this special day to you and your loved ones.”
Independence Day of Jamaica Messages to Students, Friends
- “If we work together then together we can make our country a better nation, a prospering country…. Happy Jamaica Independence Day to you.”
- “The day of independence is the most important day for any country as independence is something that comes after making lots of sacrifices…. Happy Jamaica Independence Day 2022…”
- “Warm wishes on Jamaica Independence Day to all the students…. You are the future of our country and therefore, you must work hard to make it a brighter tomorrow for all of us…”
- “Wishing a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day to all my friends…. We are truly blessed to be born in a country which is independent and inspiring…”
Jamaica Independence Day Messages to Soldiers
- Warm wishes on Jamaica Independence Day to our soldiers who give up all the comforts of life and protect the country and countrymen each day, every moment.”
- “Salute to all our soldiers who make our country a protected and safe place for us to live in….. Wishing a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day to our soldiers.”
- “Happy Jamaica Independence Day to our soldiers who are the strongest pillars of our nation…. Thank you for being our strength and our protection.”