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A junkanoo celebration at Atlantis Paradise Island.
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How to Keep Celebrating 50 Years of The Bahamas’ Independence 

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - July 14, 2023

The Bahamas marked its 50th anniversary of independence on July 10, and the country is continuing its Golden Jubilee celebration with a host of activities around the 700-island archipelago including a major event in Nassau to hoist the Bahamian flag. 

“The immense pride that I, alongside my Bahamian brothers and sisters, experienced this Independence Day, was seen, heard and felt throughout each of our 16 islands,” said Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation. “On our day of independence, 10 July and every day after, we celebrate our people, culture and natural beauty that has shaped our country into what it is today.”

Now, The Bahamas is encouraging visitors to “continue celebrating” by “immersing themselves into the true spirit of The Bahamas.”

That includes a range of cultural celebrations on 16 different islands for the rest of this year, from Junkanoo rush outs to cultural festivals and regattas. 

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Nassau, The Bahamas.

The Bahamas has also launched its own list of “50 Reasons to Love The Bahamas,” offering up a unique kind of Bahamian bucket list.

The Bahamas is also urging travelers to support local businesses and artists, by either shopping at locally-owned Bahamian businesses across the islands or visiting local art galleries, studios and exhibitions. 

You can also “dive into local Bahamian history,” by visiting cultural landmarks and the country’s wide array of historical museums. 

The Bahamas has already welcomed more than 4.2 million visitors to its shores by land and sea this year, with a path to meeting its goal of 8 minion combined air and sea visitors by the end of the year. 

“There is so much to experience every day throughout the Islands of The Bahamas, but this year, a visit is made even more special with the ongoing celebration of our 50th Anniversary of Independence igniting a renewed sense of energy to the destination,” said Latia Duncombe, Director General of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. “The strength of our visitor numbers is a testament to beauty of our destination and the hospitality of our people, and we look forward to continuing this momentum through the second half of this year.”

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