Gálvez takes on British troops again to mark Independence Day

Scene from last year's Independence Day celebrations.
Scene from last year's Independence Day celebrations. / SUR
  • To celebrate American Independence, a procession in honour of General Bernardo de Gálvez's defeat of the British will take place in Malaga on Friday, followed by a reenactment in Macharaviaya on Saturday

The village of Macharaviaya will be staging its annual Fourth of July celebrations with a parade through the streets of Malaga on Friday 6 July, starting from Plaza de la Marina at 7.30pm. This will commemorate the role of General Bernardo de Gálvez in the defeat of the British during the American War of Independence.

When Juan Carlos III declared war on Great Britain in 1779, General Gálvez, after communication with Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, started to help the patriots by securing the port of New Orleans and defeated the British at Mobile, Alabama and Natchez, Mississippi. His most important success was the Battle of Pensacola, Florida in 1781. This battle will be reenacted in a separate event the following day in Macharaviaya (Saturday 7 July), starting at 9.30pm.

The dramatisation will show the important role of the town's most illustrious figure.

Members of the Damas and Granaderos of Macharaviaya dress up in costumes representing 18th Century Spanish, American and British troops and bystanders for both events.