Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission Announces Events Commemorating the Nation’s 40th Independence Anniversary


The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, (ABFC), is pleased to announce the schedule of events commemorating our fortieth (40th) Anniversary of Independence, under the theme “Resilience, Reflection and Recovery”.


Chairman of the ABFC, Mr. Maurice Merchant, outlines that for the second consecutive year, due to the current epidemiological circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and by extension the ABFC, was forced to scale down the Independence Celebrations, which resulted in the exclusion of some of the more popular events, namely, the National Youth Rally, National Junior Panorama Competition, Independence Fashion Show, and the National Food Fair.


However, he advises that the ABFC wishes to encourage food vendors, and restaurants, to continue the tradition of preparing scrumptious local cuisine across the islands on November 1st, for take away service. Feel free to contact the Festivals Commission at 462-0194, for marketing assistance, or send an email with your Independence menu to [email protected].


Minister responsible for Education, Sports, and the Creative Industries, Honourable Daryll Matthew, explains that it is the full intent of the Ministry to keep the Independence spirit alive, for this milestone anniversary celebration. He further announced that this year, in addition to the National Dress Day slated for Friday 29th October, a new initiative, ‘National Flag Day’ will be staged on Thursday 28th October and Saturday 30th October, respectively.


On this day, all citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda, as well as those in the diaspora, are encouraged to show patriotism by displaying, or wearing themed attire, representing our National flag. He expressed, “For our National Flag Day, we hope to see the Antiguan and Barbudan flag on all cars, on all homes and office buildings, and even more, populating every social media platform”. Flag distribution outlets will be announced, for persons desirous of obtaining the National flag.


This year’s calendar of events commences on Friday 22nd October with the 40th Anniversary of Independence Media Day, and culminates on Monday 1st November with the Independence Ceremonial Parade and Awards at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at 5:00p.m.




22nd OCTOBER 40th Anniversary Media Day ALL DAY Media Houses
23rd OCTOBER Launch of Independence Magazine ALL DAY
24th OCTOBER Golden Age Celebrations ALL DAY Various
Antigua and Barbuda 40 Years of ALL DAY Media Houses
25th OCTOBER History
Festival of Choirs 8:30 PM National Media
26th OCTOBER National Heroes Day 10:00 AM Heroes Park –
Wreath Laying Ceremony Tomlinson’s
27th OCTOBER Mural Unveiling 10:00 AM ARG South Wall
28th OCTOBER National Flag Day 1 All Day Across Antigua
and Barbuda
National Dress Day All Day Across Antigua
29th OCTOBER and Barbuda
This is Pan Competition 8:00 PM Dean William
Lake Centre
National Flag Day 2 All Day Across Antigua
and Barbuda
30th OCTOBER Barbuda Day Activities All Day Barbuda
Wadadli Warri War 8:00 PM National Media
Social Media
31st OCTOBER National Service of Thanksgiving 4:00 PM Cathedral of St.
John the Divine
1st NOVEMBER Ceremonial Parade and Awards 5:00 PM SVRS

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  1. 40… and just like a middle aged man, we no idea who we are… how we got it, what we doing, where we going. So, we look to someone older, but not wiser, to help “guide” us in the form of our new economic overlords, the Chinese!

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