National Holiday


    30 Nov, 2020

    On November 30th, 1966 Barbados became fully independent from Great Britain. Barbados was the fourth English-speaking nation in the West Indies to achieve full independence from Britain. 

    From the very first day of November, Barbadians all around the world are dressed in blue, yellow and black. Barbados flags can be seen virtually everywhere. 

    The lighting ceremony is the start of the month-long festivities. It is held on November 1st, in Independence Square, Bridgetown. As the name suggests, blue, yellow and black light bulbs (similar to christmas lights) are used to decorate Government buildings and historic Parliament buildings in the city. The lights remain on every night through the month of November and through the Christmas season. 

    During the month Barbadian delicacies like Conkies, sugar cakes, cassava pone etc are enjoyed along with more savory dishes such as Cou Cou and Flying Fish (Barbados’ National Dish), pudding and souse and rice ‘n’ peas.  

    The Independence Day Parade is held on November 30th and is the highlight of the season. It used to be held at The Garrison Savannah where the very first Independence ceremony was held, but recently it has been moved to Kensington Oval. The parade features the Barbados Boy Scout Association, Barbados Girl Guides, Royal Barbados Police Force and all Military Units. 

    St. Nicholas Abbey Heritage Railway, Barbados

    30 Nov, 2020

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    This Independence Day head to St. Nicholas Abbey for an all- inclusive all access pass to the the Abbey and the Heritage Railway.

    Special admission prices for adults is Bds$35 and for children* Bds$10 (Children are 12 and under, under 3 years old are FREE) Maximum of 2 children per adult.

    Admission is from the train station main gate and no booking is required.

    Health protocols and social distancing will be strictly enforced in the Abbey and on the open air carriages aboard the train.

    Bridgetown, Barbados

    30 Nov, 2020

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Docked, Shameless and Vision present Palooza: The Premium All White Tropical Cooler Cruise.

    Join us on Monday, November 30th 2020, Independence Day on the MV DreamChaser for one big vibe!

    Boarding is from 11:30am – 12:45pm

    Sailing time: 1pm – 5pm.

    Tier 1 (limited) – Bds $65
    Tier2 – Bds $80

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