Independence Arch

In 1627, after the British first settled at Holetown in the parish of St. James, Barbados existed a British colony until achieving fulll independence from Britain on November 30th, 1966. That very first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados National Flag and the playing of the National Anthem for the first time at the Garrison.


In Barbados, November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday on the island.


The Independence Arch sits at the southern end of Chamberlain Bridge in the capital city of Bridgetown, Barbados and was built in 1987 in recognition of 21 years of independence which was achieved in November 30, 1966. This dignified arch spans the southern end of the Chamberlain Bridge and is directly opposite the Parliament Buildings of Barbados


It features the national emblems of the island which are the broken trident which is found on the national flag; the emblems of the coat of arms; the national flower, the Pride of Barbados; the dolphin and the pelican. The national pledge is inscribed on each column of the arch. Each side of the arch carries a painting of the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow, late Prime Minister of Barbados and now national hero, who was instrumental in leading the island into full independence in 1966.


Independence celebrations in Barbados, run throughout November and include sports competitions, fairs, community events, and religious services.




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