Monday, July 1, CANADA DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has a significant population of Canadian residents and visitors who will be celebrating their national day 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 the nation 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. 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.
Tuesday, July 2, 12 Noon, “MOSAICO HABENERO” PICTURE EXHIBITION at the Archeological Museum in Zihuatanejo: Sponsored by the WA-GRO Association (Washington-Guerrero), this exhibition will display the works of Cuban artist Roberto Artemio Iglesias Giz. Admission is free. The museum is located along the waterfront in Zihuatanejo, next to Olof Palme Park.
Thursday, July 4, USA INDEPENDENCE DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s American residents and visitors will celebrate the national “Fourth of July” holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. 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.”
These human rights were not received by all Americans. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and many other founders of the United States were in the business of slavery. Slavery continued in the country 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.
The Fourth of July is celebrated 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.
Friday through Sunday, July 5 – 7 starting at 4:00 p.m., “TRIBSURBANA” HIP HOP MUSIC FESTIVAL at Cancha Municipal (Basketball Court) in Zihuatanejo: Enjoy some of the best of Guerrero’s Hip Hop Music! Hip Hop and Urban Music artists will be performing from throughout the state. If you can’t be there, listen to some of the music: Audio | Yó M.C. Youalli G
Tuesday, July 9 – Friday, August 9, PARAISO DE NIÑOS: Most international tourists visit Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in the winter months, but summer is another great time to enjoy our paradise, 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 Conventions & Visitors Bureau, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270.
It’s so much fun! Take a look at the kick-off parade last year:
Friday – Sunday, July 19-21, ZIHUA SCUBA SHOT in Zihuatanejo Bay: Everyone is invited to participate in the second annual submarine photo contest, to take place below the Zihuatanejo Bay. Prizes range from $1,000 – $15,000 Pesos. For information and registration, contact Mero Adventure at (755) 101-9672.
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