Updated: Oct 19, 2021
By: Jessica De Soto
On Friday, August 16, Dominicans came together in the Dominican Republic to celebrate the restoration of their independence.
Loud merengue and bachata music filled the streets while people expressed themselves with rhythmical movement as they drank the night away with Presidente beers and rum in their hands. Dominicans fashionably waved their flag as they repeated a systematic variation from side to side, along with the blaring music playing from the cars that blocked the streets near the boardwalk. The Dominican Republic was filled with joyful shouts followed by chants of “Día de la Restauración! (Restoration of Dominican Independence).
Restoration Day for the Dominicans,
“commemorates the commencement of the two-year-long war against the Spanish Colonial Army on August 16, 1863 that resulted in the Dominican Republic gaining its independence from Spain in 1865,"