Public Encouraged to Support and Enjoy Independence Events

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Mark Humes, Chairman, Independence Secretariat, discussed 2018 Independence Celebrations at a Secretariat meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Churchill Building. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

An “exciting” calendar of events has been prepared for this year’s Independence celebrations.  Mark Humes, Chairman of the 45thIndependence Secretariat, said the public could look forward to improvements from last year.

“Every event this year is going to be a highlight. We’ve worked hard to put together an exciting week of events and we want everyone to come out, celebrate with us and show their Bahamian pride,” said Mr. Humes at a Secretariat meeting on Thursday at Churchill Building.

A week of cultural and community events has been organized to commemorate the anniversary. The celebrations begin on Friday, June 29, with the Official Launch of the Independence season by Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister, in Rawson and Parliament Squares; festivities end on Independence Day, July 10, with a formal State Reception at Government House.

Mr. Humes declared: “We would like the public to begin to show their Bahamian pride. Hoist flags, place flags on their cars, drape their homes with flags and clean up their perspective areas. This is our time to celebrate.”

Calendar of events

Friday, June 29

OFFICIAL LAUNCH: 6 p.m.Rawson and Parliament Squares

Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis to officially open the activities

Entertainment:

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Pop Band

Aquinas Acers Pop Band

RUSH TO INDEPENDENCE: 7:30 p.m.

Junkanoo Rushout

Sunday, July 1

BEAT RETREAT: 5:30 p.m.

Parliament and Rawson Squares

Live Performances by:

The Royal Bahamas Police Force

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force

The Bahamas Correctional Services

Monday, July 2

COMMAND PERFORMANCE: 7 p.m.

Performing Arts Theatre

Keva Bethel Building

University of The Bahamas

Featuring:

Audrey Dean Wright

The National Youth Choir

The National Children’s Choir

The Bahamas National Youth Orchestra

The National Dance School

Audrey Dean Wright

The Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, July 5

QUEEN’S NEW YEAR’S HONOURS

Friday, July 6

NATIONAL PRIDE & FLAG RAISING DAY

Parliament and Rawson Squares: 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Flag Raising Ceremony by Her Excellency The Governor General

Historic Walk Down Memory Lane

Entertainment by:

The National Youth Orchestra

Finalists of the first National Recording Artists Search

Tropical Depression

Mount Moriah Transformers

Charlie the Yellow Man

Scorch Conch Band

Essay Finalists will read their winning essays

The announcement of winners of National Recording Artists and Essay Competitions

Bahamian food and craft vendors display and sell their wares

Saturday, July 7

NATIONAL HEALTH FUN, RUN & WALK: 6 a.m. sharp

Goodman’s Bay

Run 6 miles or walk 3 miles

$15 Registration (includes a T-Shirt)

Health Fair: featuring Junkaerobics (live Junkanoo band) doctors, fitness experts, nutritionists, glucose checks, blood pressure testing, native fruits and vegetables by BAMSI, Bahamian breakfast: boiled fish and Johnny cake, chicken souse

Monday, July 9

45th GRAND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS TATTOO & FIREWORKS DISPLAY: 8 p.m.

Clifford Park

Ecumenical Service

Mini Concert

Tattoo and March Pass

Fireworks Display

Tuesday, July 10

THE PEOPLE’S LOVE AND UNITY RUSH: 1 a.m.

Independence Junkanoo Achievement Awards

A rush from East Street to George Street (One lap)

NATIONAL HERO’S AWARD: 11 a.m.

Government House

STATE RECEPTION: 6 p.m.

Government House

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