- Ghana’s independence is celebrated annually.
- It celebrates heroes that fought to attain independence
- If it falls on a weekend, it is usually celebrated on a Monday.
The Independence day of Ghana is a national holiday celebrated annually to honor and celebrate the heroes of Ghana who led the country to attain its independence. The independence is celebrated on the 6th of March every year.
This day is also a remembrance of the day that marks the declaration of Ghanaian independence from British colonial rule. It was on the 6th of March, 1957 that the first Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah announced to the people of Ghana their freedom. During his speech, he said, “the African people are capable of managing their own affairs and Ghana our beloved country is free forever.”
Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve its independence from European colonial rule. Everyone including presidents that have served previously recognizes this day as a holiday such that if the holiday falls on a weekend, it is usually observed on the Monday of the next week.
Sometimes, presidents from other African countries and Europe are invited to Ghana to join in the celebration either as guest speakers or invited guests.
The country was formally called Gold Coast because of its rich mineral resources. After the independence, its name was changed to Ghana.
An independence day parade is held on every 6th of March. This parade is held at Black Star Square. In 1961, Queen Elizabeth II, who until the year before was the Queen of Ghana, attended the parade as the British sovereign and took part in the inspection tour with President Nkrumah.
This will be Ghana’s 66th year of independence.