Monday February 27th is the day we celebrate Independence Day/ Día de la Independencia. Día de la Bandera / Flag Day. On February 27, 1844 the country declared its independence from Haitian occupation and retook the name República Dominicana (Dominican Republic).
This is the Shield from the center of the Dominican Flag (more history of the The Flag / La Bandera and The Dominican Flag Coat of Arms (Shield) / El Escudo Dominicano). This is on the front of the monument dedicated to the Founding Fathers of Dominican Republic
The day starts with honoring our founding fathers Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sanchez and Ramon Matias Mella. Later in the afternoon is the military parade when all the armed forces and military personnel come out dressed in all their splendor.
The parade usually starts about 3PM on the Malecon (Avenida George Washington)in Santo Domingo. The crowds line the streets to watch. The Air force flies their planes overhead, the ships of the Marines are in the sea as the Military bands play their music and march for the enthusiastic crowds.
This is picture slide show from the Independence Day Military Parade in 2008
Below are some links to more videos on You Tube that I took in the past years. I hope to get some new ones this year.