On August 6, 2023, Jamaica observed its 61st Independence Day. To mark the nation’s 61st year of independence, thousands of Jamaicans gathered to the National Stadium dressed in the tricolour of black, green, and gold. The crowd was treated to a variety of captivating performances including singers, DJs, and dancers. The Independence Day festivities offered a taste of Jamaica’s culture and history, which will aid in drawing more visitors from across the world.
Addressing journalists, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said, “I am very happy with the crowd. The crowd is very energetic, very engaged. I am very pleased that we have sought to acknowledge Morgan Heritage, which is one of the groups, in my opinion that have been carrying the flag very high for inspirational, cultural, and conscious reggae music”.
The exciting Grand Gala, one of the main events for the Jamaica Independence Festival, was capped off by breathtaking fireworks display and a fantastic drone show for the crowd. The Grand Gala is the focal point of the 61st anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, which is being commemorated under the slogan- ‘Jamaica 61. Proud and Strong.’