July 4 is the Philippines Republic Day

Today is Republic Day!

Every 4th of July 4, the Philippines is celebrating the anniversary of the formal recognition of Philippine independence by the United States of America.

But what is Republic Day? Here’s a nutshell from the Presidential Museum & Library.

On July 4, 1946, the United States formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines. This was the culmination of the process that began in 1916, when the Jones Law pledged the eventual recognition of Philippine independence, and the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1933, which provided for a ten-year transitional period to prepare for independence. The independence of the Philippines was marked by Manuel Roxas retaking his oath as President of the Philippines, eliminating the pledge of allegiance to the United States required prior to independence.