As a commonwealth of the United States of America, Northern Mariana Islands celebrates US statutory holidays, including US Independence Day on 4 July. As many in the region are involved with the US military and since the islands are willingly in a close union with the USA, many feel that 4 July is “their independence day too”.
|2022||4 Jul||Mon||Independence Day|
|2023||4 Jul||Tue||Independence Day|
|2024||4 Jul||Thu||Independence Day|
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Originally, Guam was a part of the Northern Mariana Islands group but today has a separate status. Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands were claimed and partially controlled by Spain from the 1500s onward. Most of the islanders died from European disease or intermarried with non-natives. New immigrants from the nearby Caroline Islands and The Philippines arrived to repopulate the islands.
After the Spanish-American War, Spain lost Guam to the US but sold the rest of the Mariana Islands to Germany to keep them out of US hands and make a little money too. After World War I, however, Japan snatched the islands from Germany. And then the US gained the Northern Mariana Islands as a UN Trust Territory after World War II. Ultimately, the Northern Mariana Islands chose to remain under US control in a series of referendums and other developments during the 1970s.
People in the Northern Mariana Islands celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, firecrackers, family gatherings, festive meals and barbecues, and other ways similar to the US. They also may head to the beaches to swim and catch some rays or go hiking or picnicking.
|2021||4 Jul||Sun||Independence Day|
|2020||3 Jul||Fri||Independence Day Holiday|
|4 Jul||Sat||Independence Day|
|2019||4 Jul||Thu||Independence Day|
|2018||4 Jul||Wed||Independence Day|
|2017||4 Jul||Tue||Independence Day|