For the fourth year in a row, Macharaviaya is celebrating U.S. Independence Day, paying tribute to local military leader Bernardo de Gálvez and his role helping the Thirteen Colonies to fight for independence.
This peculiar feast, only held in Macharaviaya among Spanish municipalities on account of the town’s strong ties with this historical event, draws growing numbers of visitors from various countries. They join locals in a series of cultural activities taking place in the historic district of this town in Axarquía.
Activities include a recreation of historical-military events, a vintage costume parade and the hoisting of the Spanish and American flags, among others.
Bernardo de Gálvez was born in Macharaviaya in 1746. He was part of the Spanish support to the Thirteen Colonies in their quest for independence and led Spanish forces against Britain in the Revolutionary War, defeating the British at the Siege of Pensacola (1781) and reconquering Florida for Spain.