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Anzac Day
Where: Gallipoli, Turkey
When: April 25
Anzac Day is a day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. However it also commemorates all those who have served and died in military operations for the country.

Celebrations are held in all towns and cities, but the largest are on the Gallipoli peninsula itself. Anzac Day is observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga as well.

Bastille Day (Fete Nationale)
Where: Paris, France
When: July 14
Bastille Day is the French national holiday and commemorates the day in 1789 when Parisians stormed the Bastille and rid the country of hypocrisy and corruption and started the French Revolution. The event is seen as a symbol of the beginning of the modern republic. Today it is celebrated by a military parade along the Champs Elysées, fireworks, festivals and parties. Viva la Revolución!

Fourth of July
Where: USA
When: July 4
Independence Day or the Fourth of July is the national holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain. It’s a day of incredible patriotism and all things Americana. It begins with the Presidential Address over the radio, followed by fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games and family gatherings.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
When: August
The pipes and drums come to Edinburgh in their thousands each year as the British Armed Forces, the Commonwealth and International military bands perform for the crowds. The event is held as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

Cowal Highland Games
Where: Dunoon, Scotland
When: August
These are Scotland’s largest Highland gathering, attracting 3500 competitors to throw the Cowal Stone and perform Highland Dancing, Solo Piping or in Pipe bands.
There’s also the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships and the 5km Cowal Run. Some 20,000 spectators from around the globe attend. While there are larger gatherings in the US (including Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and Pleasanton, California) this one is authentically located in the Scottish highlands.
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