There’s truly no need to decide whether you celebrate an authentic Greek or American Independence Day since they each find themselves to be a good three months apart on March 25 and July 4 respectively.
The Greek War of Independence, also known as the Greek Revolution, was a successful war of independence waged by the Greek revolutionaries between 1821 and 1832 against the Ottoman Empire.
The American Revolution was a colonial revolt that took place between 1765 and 1783. The American Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States of America.
Neither revolution was concluded of their own accord. For the Greeks, they were assisted by the Russian Empire, Great Britain, the Kingdom of France, and several other European powers.
In America, a key alliance with France, as well as with others, helped defeat the British in the American Revolutionary War.
Today, Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Similarly, each year on the 25th March, Athens comes to a standstill for Greek Independence Day, which commemorates the start of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Greeks however celebrate twice as hard as it is also the religious holiday of The Annunciation that is observed on this day by Eastern Orthodoxy.
Parades, parties, bank closures as well as other municipal offices and businesses, and plenty of beer and Ouzo help today’s generation remember the fights that helped them gain their freedoms they enjoy today.
God bless our homelands.