Celebrate 50 Years of Independence Here is your quick guide to celebrating Barbados 50 years of independence from the United Kingdom. Ever since 1966, we have been rejoicing, however, this year’s party is sure to the biggest one yet.


Barbados gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. Our relationship has always been peaceful with the UK, however, in 1949 we made a shift towards self-governing. Our separation was solidified in 1966 with the hoisting of our national flag.


Lighting Ceremony, November 1st, 5:30 pm.

Celebrations kick off with a 50 Years of Independence Lighting Ceremony.

Heroes Square, Bridgetown 

Barbados Food & Rum Festival, November 17th-20

Experience a sophisticated, high-quality and upscale celebration of gastronomic art, featuring world famous and local chefs.


50th Anniversary of Independence Parade, November 30th, 8am

Enjoy this enhanced military parade with the addition of foreign troops.

Garrison Savannah, for further info call BDF at 536-2347 or the Secretariat at 430-0045