In commemorating Jamaica’s sovereignty after fifty-six years of Independence, the St. James Municipal Corporation in partnership with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), will host the Independence Thanksgiving Church Service on August 5, 2018 at the Family Church On The Rock, Reading, Montego Bay, commencing at 9:00 a.m.
The Municipal Corporation and the JCDC will also host the annual Independence Day Civic Ceremony at Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, on Monday, August 6, 2018. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.
The Launch of Independence Activities was held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Sam Sharpe Square, where the Calendar of Activities was unveiled by Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, the Attorney General to Jamaica, Honourable Marlene Malahoo Forte, Custos of St. James, Bishop the Honourable Conrad Pitkin and Member of Parliament for the St. James Central constituency, Mr. Heroy Clarke.
Strong Start: The 2018 Emancipation Independence Calendar of Activities was unveiled at the Launch of Independence Activities on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay. Here, Member of Parliament for the St. James Central Constituency, Mr. Heroy Clarke (extreme left),Custos of St. James, Bishop the Honourable Conrad Pitkin (second left), the Attorney General to Jamaica, Honourable Marlene Malahoo Forte (second right) and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis pose for a photo opportunity after the unveiling of the calendar.
Chairman of the Civic and Community Affairs Committee at the Municipal Corporation, Councillor Dwight Crawford used the launch to invite more participation from the public.
“I want to use this occasion to invite the public to join us for the Independence Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, August 5 at the Family Church On The Rock in Reading, and the Civic Ceremony on August 6 in Sam Sharpe Square, as events of this magnitude require more input from the public… we are a nation of proud people and we must highlight our pride through supporting events that commemorate our Emancipation and Independence,” said Crawford.
The annual Independence Day Concert will follow the Civic Ceremony on August 6, 2018 at the Closed Harbour (Dump-Up) Beach, beginning at 6:00 p.m.