Special Events for July 2012

Paraiso de los Niños (Kids’ Paradise), July through August:  Most international tourists visit the area in the winter months, but summer is another great time to enjoy Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, especially with your kids and young people. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is well-known for its beautiful beaches, fun pools, bicycle path, the dolphinarium, the crocodilarium and baby turtle releases, but in addition, this summer, kids visiting the destination can  participate in a variety of fun activities including contests, art lessons, music concerts, theatre, clown shows, films and dance.  A calendar of daily activities is available at the Concierge desk in local hotels or call the Office of Visitors and Conventions, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270.

BBQ at La Casa Vieja Restaurant, La Madera Beach, Wednesday, July 4th, 2:00 p.m.:  All Canadians, Americans and other local residents and visitors are invited to join together in celebration of Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day with some wonderful BBQ and one (1) complimentary domestic drink.  Rain or shine, it’s a community get-together!

Canada Day, July 1st: Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st, the official independence day of Canada.  On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire.  At the time of Canada’s independence, slavery had already been abolished in 1835, making Canada an attractive destination for African Americans fleeing slavery in the United States, where it was not abolished until 1865. Both White men and Black men received the right to vote in Canada’s independent government; Black men had been given the right to vote back in 1837.  Canadian women received the right to vote federally on May 24, 1918.  The Canadian Bill of Rights gave Aboriginals the right to vote on August 10, 1960. Before this date, under the Indian act, an aboriginal would have to give up their aboriginal status in order to be eligible to vote. 

As an occasion of national significance, Canada Day is celebrated with great delight and national pride. Canada Day festivities include parades, firework displays, summer picnics and a whole host of other fun activities enjoyed by every Canadian citizen.  Since the 1950s, Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario have celebrated both Canada Day and the United States’ Independence Day with the International Freedom Festival; a massive fireworks display over the Detroit River, the strait separating the two cities, is held annually with hundreds of thousands of spectators attending.  A similar event occurs at the Friendship Festival, a joint celebration between Fort Erie, Ontario, and neighboring Buffalo, New York, and towns and villages throughout Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec come together to celebrate both anniversaries together.

Independence Day in the United States, July 4th: The Fourth of July is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, which had been prepared with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author.  It reads:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776 guaranteed freedom and liberty, but it did not apply to all Americans.  Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and many other founders of the country were in the business of slavery and human trafficking.  Slavery continued in the United States, long after its independence, until 1865 (13th Amendment), following the Civil War.  African-Americans were given citizenship in 1868 (14th Amendment) and Black men gained the right to vote in 1870 (15th Amendment), although this right was often denied until the Voting Rights Act of 1964.  American women received the right to vote in 1919 (19th Amendment).  The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 gave Native Americans that right, but many states overtly did not allow Native Americans to vote until 1962.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

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