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This week's dates | Independence Day and San Canuto

Expect Americans in Denmark to be flashing the old Red, White and Blue on Independence Day


(Photo: Wikipedia)

July 4, 2014
15:49

by The Copenhagen Post


July 4: Independence Day in Rebild
American patriots, who won't be celebrating Independence Day in the US this year, should look no further than Rebild National Park, whose grassy hills are home to the largest July 4 celebration outside the US.

It's a tradition that started in 1912 to celebrate the thousands of Danes who crossed the Atlantic to the US. In 1969, angry Vietnam War protesters threw petrol bombs at the crowd.

July 10: San Canuto
Catholics call this day San Canuto, named after the first saint of Denmark. Knud den Hellige (Canute the Holy) was a Danish king who was murdered by rebel peasants on this day in 1086.

He planned to invade England once, but he was slain before the fleet set sail.

In Spain, his day has become a national marijuana smokers day as Canuto coincidentally means ‘joint’ in Spanish.