Grand Bahama will celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Bahamas Independence with activities from East to West Grand Bahama starting on Sunday, June 24 and running through Saturday, July 28, 2018.
During a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson noted that the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Celebrate Bahamas: We’ve come this far by Faith’, is a fitting one.
“We have an opportunity to focus on our history, on our struggles, on our triumphs, all of which have helped us and helped to shape us into the people who we are today. Most certainly as someone who has lived here in Grand Bahama all his life, I can think of no better way of celebrating our theme than to say in Grand Bahama, we’ve come this far by faith.
“You will note also that this year’s theme has a spiritual aspect. Recognizing we are who we are, only by the Grace of God. Our country and we here in Grand Bahama have much to give God thanks for. And despite our challenges, we are a Blessed nation.”
The Minister added that Independence is a time that unites Bahamians.
The schedule of events will highlight talent from not only Grand Bahama, but the country as there will also be a Grand Bahama Independence Beat Retreat when the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, as well as the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, perform in Port Lucaya on Saturday, July 7 at 5 pm.
The events are as follows:
Sunday, June 24 at 3 pm – Ecumenical Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Sweeting’s Cay
Saturday, June 30 at 7 pm – Reception (invitation only), Blue Marlin Cove, Bootle Bay
Sunday, July 1 at 4 pm – Ecumenical Service at Central Zion Baptist Church, Eight Mile Rock
Monday, July 2 at 7 pm – Ecumenical Service at St. Cleveland Baptist Church, Freetown
Wednesday, July 4 at 7 pm – Gospel Concert at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Hunters
Thursday, July 5 at 11 am – Family Fun Day at Williams/Russell Town; 12 pm Gospel and Cultural Extravaganza at Sweeting’s Cay All-Aged School; and 6 pmGoombay Summer Festival at Taino Beach
Friday, July 6 at 10 am – National Pride Day (island wide) and Flag Raising Ceremony at Office of the Prime Minister and Administrator’s Complexes in East and West Grand Bahama
Saturday, July 7 at 5 pm – Grand Bahama Independence Beat Retreat at Port Lucaya Marketplace
Sunday, July 8 at 3 pm –Ecumenical Service at Calvary Temple Assembly of God
Monday, July 9 at 8 pm – 45th Grand Anniversary Celebrations – Cultural Extravaganza, Tattoo and Fireworks Display at Independence Park
Thursday, July 12 at 6 pm – Goombay Summer Festival at Taino Beach
Friday, July 13 at 6:30 pm – East Grand Bahama Independence Cultural Show at Government Park in High Rock
Thursday, July 19 at 6 pm – Goombay Summer Festival at Taino Beach
Saturday, July 21 at 12 pm – East Grand Bahama Youth Splash at Government Park in High Rock
Thursday, July 26 at 6 pm – Goombay Summer Festival at Taino Beach
Saturday, July 28 at 10 am – East Grand Bahama Wall of Fame at Gold Rock Creek
All Grand Bahamians are urged to participate in the events.