When one looks into the history of Venezuela, one major revolutionary leader is key to the independence of Venezuela from Spain in the 1800s. His name is Simon Bolivar, also known as "The Liberator", and his life is greatly celebrated throughout alot of South America. He was born on July 24th, 1783 in Venezuela. After spending a portion of his life in Europe he returned to Venezuela and led resistance movements against the Spanish to regain independence for his home country of Venezuela. Every year on July 24th, the people of Venezuela come together to celebrate the life and legacy left behind by Simon Bolivar. The celebrations are filled with military parades, food, music, battle reenactments, and dancing. It is a time for Venezuelan citizens to unite and celebrate their rich history and display nationalism. This day is recognized as a National Holiday in both Venezuela and Ecuador and is celebrated every year.