Barbecues, fireworks and PARTIES! That’s a typical 4th of July in America – their Independence Day. But we’re writing this article to celebrate. So what’s the whole point, you ask? Truth is, some people believe we – the Philippines – should celebrate Independence Day on July 4 and not June 12. Why? Because that’s actually the day the US government recognized us as an independent nation. In 1964, our Independence Day was moved to June 12, the day Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed our freedom from the Spanish rule, unaware that the Spanish had sold our country to the US. The reason for changing the celebration from July 4 to June 12 was because when Aguinaldo made the proclamation, the Revolutionary Government was established. July 4 is now seen as merely the day of independence restored and is celebrated in the Philippines as Republic Day.
It’s not a popular holiday but it’s always nice to have a reason to celebrate! The day isn’t over yet and Saturday night has yet to begin. Here’s a list of things to do to bring that 4th-of-July feel:
1.) Fil-Am Friendship Day Celebration
During the Marcos’ regime, he renamed Philippine-American Day, which was held every November 15, as Philippine-American Friendship Day and changed it to July 4 which was supposedly Republic Day.
Tonight, the American Chamber is commemorating the relations of the two countries with a 60s throwback. Party starts at 6:00 pm at the Santa Maria Grand Ballroom in Radisson Blu Cebu, Serging Osmeña Boulevard Corner Juan Luna Avenue.
2.) TGI Fridays 4th of July All-Day Baby Back Ribs Feast
Head to the nearest TGI Fridays branch. It’s 40% off on all of their signature Baby Back Ribs! Get the Half Slab for ONLY P450! Imagine that slow-cooked tenderness, grilled and covered in their special barbecue sauce. Now that’s a barbecue fit for the 4th of July. “Where great deals, great food and great fun come together.” Bring on the fireworks!
3.) Drums & Wires: Music of the Lost Generation
Like things funky? The Monastery is bringing back the 80s! Featuring a mix of bands (Love Satellites, Elementals, Hey! It’s Your Birthday!, The House of Jah, D’ Rockers) and DJs (McJam, Mr. Steele, Pop Days), better put on those tubular dancing shoes ‘cause things are gonna get groovy.
Other things you can check out are Popo San Pascual’s Art Exhibit at 856G Gallery, A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City (4th featured item on this list) and SM City Cebu’s End-of-Season Sale (5th featured on this list), North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.