National Day Celebrations Around the World
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Each Fourth of July, the United States drapes itself in red, white, and blue, marking the freedom wrested from England in 1776, following the American Revolution. There are 195 nations in the world today, each with its own flag and its own festivities to celebrate independence or foundation as a sovereign state. While many elements are similar — fireworks and parades are nearly universal — every nation adds its own unique flavor to mark the special day. Here are 15 of our favorite national day celebrations from around the globe.