5 Activities To Get The Most Out Of Independence Day
by Chiara Micallef
Independence Day commemorates the date on which Malta officially gained full independence from the British Empire in 1964. This day falls on the 21st of September – a national public holiday celebrated all over the Maltese islands.
While a number of celebrations take place in Valletta and other villages across the country, this list is aimed to present you with numerous alternative activities which you can partake in on the day. From embarking on an adventurous hike to admiring local fireworks displays, here are 5 things you can do on Independence Day.
1. Enjoy the fireworks
Every year without fail on Independence Day, numerous villages around Malta and Gozo – including Valletta, organise heaps of amazing fireworks shows. One can enjoy these shows from several locations, particularly those close to the Valletta Grand Harbour. So why not indulge in a few drinks in commemoration of this important day?
2. Visit one of Malta's many beaches
It's September, and the sea won't be warm for longer, so why not enjoy a lovely dip while you can? You can visit several enchanting swimming spots across Malta and Gozo, and if you're short on ideas, you can check out these swimming spots for some inspiration. If you are looking for something more adventurous, you can explore Malta's many hike and swim trails.
3. Immerse yourself in local history
Every year, Heritage Malta organises special events to commemorate Independence Day in Malta. This year on the 21st of September, Heritage Malta will be opening four of its sites which are usually closed on Tuesdays. On this day, you can visit Fort St. Angelo, The National Museum of Archaeology, the Palace Armoury and St Paul's Catacombs.
4. Go on a hiking adventure
Autumn in Malta officially starts on the 21st of September – and what better way to welcome this season than with a long and awe-inspiring hike? Explore the beauty of Maltese flora by going on an adventurous hike.
5. Visit one of Malta's many historical spots
While museums might not be everyone's cup of tea, the numerous outdoor historical spots around Malta can be a lovely treat for people of all ages. From impressively famous structures on the island to a series of local caves – here are five outdoor historical spots in Malta you should visit on Independence Day.