Sri Lanka was granted peace from the British on the 4th of February, 1964 and has been a democratic nation ever since. Every year the country celebrates their victory and freedom in grand style in Colombo and other parts of the island. Declared a national holiday, the Independence Day celebrations include flag-hoisting ceremony, parades, dances and other performances. The main ceremony in Colombo is attended by the president and features a display of the finest from armed forces and selected schools in the nation showing the unity among cultures.
Tourists who visit the Island nation during the national day can consider being a part of the celebrations in Colombo, however if they are lodging at one of the hotels in Negombo such as the well renowned Hotel J Negombo, they could join celebrations organized at the hotel.