Every 4 July is celebrated as Independence Day in Puerto Rico, just as it is all across the 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C.
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There is still disagreement among Puerto Ricans as to whether or not their commonwealth should seek its own independence, or perhaps, statehood within the US. This may be why 4 July is a bit more “low key” in Puerto Rico, but nonetheless, families get together, eat special meals, and often go out for a day at the beach.
Activities like the El Yunque Rainforest or touring the sites of Old San Juan, or any kind of “mini-vacation” type events, are very common on 4 July. And there is a fireworks, music, and food “party” at Plaza del Quinto Centenario in San Juan every year. Also, in San Juan, the Cattlemen’s Barbecue Competition will take place on 2 and 3 July. It’s a great place to get a taste of authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, especially the incredible roast pig on a spit called “lechon”.
Finally, many hotels and resorts in Puerto Rico will hold special events on and around Independence Day as well.