5 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day 2020
On June 12, people are free to do anything. It’s a holiday, after all. There’s no work, and there’s no class. But to a patriot, there are way more reasons to celebrate this day aside from it being a double-pay workday for those who choose to report to work. It’s Indepence Day, a day to commemorate the freedom we gained a few centuries back.
It was on June 12, 1898, when Filipino revolutionary forces declared independence of the Philppine islands from the colonial rule of Spain. After 333 years of colonization, which took lives and enslaved millions, the Philippines was finally declared free.
With this said, it is only right that we celebrate the 12th of June like how Uncle Sam gives importance to the 4th of July. If you don’t know where or how to do it, we prepared a list of ways on how you can celebrate Philippine Independence Day.
How to Celebrate Independence Day 2020
- Visit nearby museums.
One of the best ways to celebrate Independence Day is to be where the past is fully represented, and what better place to be than a museum, right? At a museum, you will get to see artifacts and memorabilia that hold a special place in our history. If you are in the metro, visit museums like the National Museum Complex, Museum of the Katipunan, or Museo ni Jose Rizal, if you can.
- Pay a visit to historical places near you.
After visiting museums, make sure to drop by historical places too. Revisit the past by being where most historic events happened. If you are near Intramuros, you can spend a few minutes or an hour marveling at the relics from the past in the area. A few other places to consider include Rizal PArk, Corregidor Island. Fort Santiago, Fort San Pedro, or Calle Crisologo.
- Watch Filipino movies.
If you can’t go out, no worries, there’s still a way to celebrate the day, and that is by watching Tatak Pinoy movies. Not only will you be able to entertain yourself without having to go outside, you will also get to learn a lot about our history. Film recommendations include Heneral Luna, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, Jose Rizal, and Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.
- Organize a staycation.
Make the most out of your stay at home by gathering your family around to have a staycation. Since traveling is still restricted for the most part, this is one of the best ways to spend Independence Day 2020. Aside from watching movies on Netflix, you can play trivia games to test everyone’s knowledge on Philippine history or play a game of charades with names of different national heroes to guess.
- Watch an online benefit concert.
You can also watch an online benefit concert with your fam. Not only will you get to sing and dance with the performers, you will also help whatever foundation they decide to give their proceeds to. What better way to spend the night, right?
Since most of the places in the country are still under quarantine, make sure to visit only those that are currently open and visit places where you are allowed to be. It’s better to be careful than to spend the rest of the day detained.