Ballons being released in celebration of the nation day.

balloons being released in celebration of the nation day.

At just over 2.5 square miles Gibraltar is a small self governing British territory located on the southern tip of Spain.  Ceded to the British crown in 1713 it has stayed under their control since.  While in recent history there has been some bad blood between Gibraltar and Spain to the point of the border being closed for years this has become better recently.  In 1967 there was a referendum held to see if the citizens wished to go under Spanish rule or become a self governing area under Great Brittain and there was overwhelming support for self government.

With the country being so small the celebrations are all done in the same area, kicking off with a street party at the John Mackintosh Square with food stalls that have all the food provided by the government and manned by volunteers with the money going to charity.  The day ends with a fireworks display.

Links:

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibraltar#Recent_history

Other: http://jimenapulse.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/gibraltar-national-day-events-and-programme/

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