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Independence Day
Puerto Rico

Independence Day 2019 and 2020

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.

YearDateDayHoliday
20194 JulThuIndependence Day
20204 JulSatIndependence Day

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.

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