Barbados Independence Celebrations

More About Barbados options

2016 is a very special year for Barbados. On November 30th we celebrate 50 years of Independence; in light of the special occassion we are celebrating throughout the year!

Here are some of the major activities:

January21Errol Barrow Day: 50th Anniversary of Independence Sunset Community Concert
January21Errol Barrow Day: 50th Anniversary of Independence Trident Run
March20Signia’s Footstep Challenge 5K Run/Walk
more days
Our Golden Year Flower Show
April15BMHS Exhibition: Landscapes of Power and Resistance
April16From Bussa to Barrow and Beyond
April21UWI FMS Public Lecture - Children with Diabetes
April2131st Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture
April28National Heroes' Day - A Tribute to the Prime Ministers of Barbados
May01St. James Parish Month Launch and Receiving of the 50th Anniversary Commeorative Trident
May08Motor Sport - Barbados Festival of Speed 2016
May12,13,14The BIM Literary Festival and Book Fair
May14Community Independence Celebrations - Celebrating Who We Are
May16Cricket: National Youth Faith Tournament
May18UWI Co-Op Credit Union Lecture and Panel Discussion - Barbados at 50
May27,28St. James Parish Month of Activities
May30Ministry of Transport and Works Lecture - From Cart Roads to Asphalt
June01Audio/Visual Lecture: Barbados 1966 to 2016
June19Barbados Diabetes Foundation: Sweetness Concert
July28Sir Garry 80 Not Out ICBL T20 Legends to Legacy Cricket Match and Party
more days
St. Michael Parish Independence Committee Activities
September10St. Philip Parish Independence Committee - Service of Song
September10An Evening with the Stars at the Hilton Barbados
September15,22,29UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident
September18Labour Marches On Ceremony and Heritage March
September25Transport Board Historic Scenic Bus Ride - World Postal Day
October05The 2016 Elsie Payne Memorial Lecture
October06,11,20UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident
October19COB Co-Op Credit Union Lecture
more days
UWI Public Lecture Series 2016: Becoming Bajan: 1966+ Beyond the Broken Trident
November1950th Anniversary Independence Dinner
November202016 NIFCA Performing Arts GALA
November26Barbados Spectacular... Featuring the Legends of Spouge
November29Digicel Barbados Is Music Independence Concert


Barbados flag

After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. That first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados national flag, and playing of the national anthem for the first time. November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Barbados.


Independence celebrations run throughout the month of November and include sports competitions, fairs, community events and religious services.

On Independence Day a grand parade is held, usually at the Garrison Savannah, site of the original Independence ceremony in 1966.

One of the highlights of the Independence celebrations is the decorative lighting of Parliament Buildings, Independence Square, the Independence Arch and businesses throughout the capital Bridgetown, using blue and gold coloured bulbs (the national colours). Roundabouts on the highways are also lighted, creating a spectacular view at night.

Barbados parliament lit in Independence colours


Another highlight of the celebrations is the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) which showcases the artistic talents of Barbadians. This festival encourages Barbadians of all ages to match their talents in the fields of music, singing, dance, drama, writing, fine art, photography and arts and crafts. The festival runs throughout the month of November and culminates with a gala presentation in which the finalists are featured.

Barbados Independence E-cards
Show your national pride, or love for Barbados, by sending a Barbados Independence e-card!

Back To Top