Jamaica will celebrate its 56th anniversary of political independence from Britain on Monday, August 6.
The following are a calendar of events submitted by the Consulate General of Jamaica located in Miami, Florida.
August 1: Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer Church Service, Christway Baptist Church, 3500 South Douglas Road, Miramar (12 noon) – (954-442-7477)
August 4: Third annual International Music and Food Festival (IMFest) at Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199 Str. Miami Gardens 6:pm – 12 midnight (305-622-8000 ex 2208)
Annual Jamaica Independence Celebrations – Shirley Bianca Park, 6900 Miramar Pkwy Hollywood, FL (Admission Free: 6 p.m – 10 p.m.) Featuring Code Red Band, DJ Fergie, Dr. Sue, Sierra Norwood Children and Ikaya.
Jamaica Independence Gala and Awards, hosted by the Jamaica United Relief Association (JURA), Signature Grand, Davie, at 7:30 p.m. www.jurainc.org
- Independence Dinner/Dance: 408 17th Street, West Palm Beach, FL
August 5: Official Independence Church Service, hosted by the Consulate General of Jamaica, Cooper City Church of God. 9191 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL (4:00 pm)
- Independence Service at Grace Episcopal Church, 3600 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (10:00 am)
Jamaica Independence Celebration Service, Church of the Ascension, 11201 SW 160 Str. Miami, FL 33157 (5:pm) (305-238-5151)
- Flag and Independence Day Celebration, Lauderhill Sports Park, Lauderhill, FL. 7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd. (954-336-6223) (12 noon – 10 p.m.)
Jamaica Independence Festival – NE 4th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale (3:pm – 10:pm) (art, culture & cuisine)
August 6: “A Likkle Bit O’ Jamaica” Celebration and Reception Miramar City Hall, Miramar, FL – Willie Stewart & Friends (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
August 11: Annual Street Dance, “National Pride” Wear yuh Colors – Truck Stop, Weston, FL
August 11: Independence Gala, 7:pm., Jamaican/American Association of Central Florida; Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Major Blvd., Orlando (www.jaaocf.com) 407-276-3685
- Independence Service, Beulah Baptist Church, 1006 W. Cypress St. Tampa, FL 33606 at 10:a.m.
August 11: Annual Independence Gala & Scholarship Awards – Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA
July 28: Annual Independence Gala, Jamaica Foundation of Houston, Elegance Ballroom, Houston (6:30 pm) www.jamaicafoundationhouston.org
August 5 Ecumenical Independence Church Service Windsor Village Church, Houston, Texas (10:am) www.jamaicafoundationhouston.org