Marshallese Independence Day

Countries around the world celebrate independence because it is the very day that their country was recognized as their own country. It holds much significance to their country’s history and its people.

Marshall Islands Constitution Day is celebrated in the Marshall Islands on May 1st. It is also celebrated a couple of weeks after here in the US. The Marshallese communities celebrate this day with parades, field days at schools, sports, pageants, and fun competitions such as the egg toss. 

In the 19th century, the islands were controlled by Spanish colonists, led by Alonso de Salazar. The German Empire had also made moves to annex the islands. This led to cooperation between the two countries, with an agreement being made, dividing control of the islands between the two countries. Japan also had control over the islands during WWII.

The Marshall Islands were given their independence shortly after the world war, and the US began to recognize their political status. The people had voted for independence by drafting a new constitution, and, recognizing their constitution, the US established the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).