Dominica’s Independence Celebrations

Dominica’s Independence Celebrations!

On November 3rd, 1978, Dominica gained its independence from Great Britain and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth.

During Independence, we celebrate our unique heritage and Creole culture with colourful events such as Heritage Day, Creole Day, the Miss Wob Dwiyet Pageant, the Ti Matador Competition, Market Day with a difference and more.

Dominica’s Independence Day

  • November 3, 1978

Happy 38th Birthday Dominica!
*  November 3, 2016 *

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A few of the highlights of Dominica’s Independence celebrations

Heritage Day

culture_independenceHeritage Day is held in a different village every year.  It is a celebration of the village’s uniqueness; the people and aspects that make that village what it is. It is a day of appreciation where awards are given to outstanding individuals in the community.

Heritage Day is fun and always well attended. In 2016 Heritage Day will be held in Mahaut.

Learn more about Dominica's Heritage & Culture

Creole Day

WC5_1460Creole Day is celebrated island-wide with a lot of activities going on in Roseau. This is by far the most colourful day on the Island!
The traditional outfit is worn on that day by everyone. Girls wear a “jupe,” while women dress in a full “wob dwiyet,” and men wear black pants, white shirt and a red sash around the waist. If one does not have all the ingredients, then substitutes can be found – straw hats or anything with a floral pattern will help you blend.

This is an amazing day, when Dominicans show their unity, individuality and love of country by wearing the National Dress of Dominica.

Read about Dominica's National Dress

Market Day

IMG_00000529Market Day with a Difference in Roseau is a riot of colour and tropical fruits and vegetables! This special Market Day shows off local produce with flair in madras colours and creole inspiration.

Market Day with a Difference is also held in Portsmouth on another Saturday in October. Though photogenic, please ask permission before taking photos.
See the schedule on this page for dates.

Recommended Reading


The Dominica Story:

A History of the Island

by Dr. Lennox Honychurch

Buy on Amazon


Dominica: Isle of Adventure

by Dr. Lennox Honychurch (Macmillan Caribbean Guides)

Buy on Amazon

Archaeology of Dominica

By Dr. Lennox Honychurch

(Coming Soon)