For Americans, 4th of July is a day of parades, celebration and flag waving.  Almost every town has its own parade and related events. In Haiti, May 18 is much the same – celebrating the first Haitian Flag, first raised in 1803 by those fighting for Haiti’s independence from France. 

Jeremie, the provincial capital near Sassier, is the center of those celebrations in Haiti, with three days of parades and festivities. Sassier has its own local celebration, too. Here are some pictures of Sassier’s Scouts getting organized to march in the local parade.  Just like us, Haitians are proud of their country and their history as the second oldest independent country in the Western Hemisphere (1804).