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Independence Day


banner at city hall plazaEach year we celebrate Cabo Verde Independence with a festival at Boston City Hall Plaza on the 4th of July containing music, arts and food festival and Flag Raising. This year, 2015, marked the 40th Anniversary of Independence and we took the celebration up a notch. The Cape Verdean Independence Celebration started as a one-day festival in July 4, 1987.

CV reception at State HouseThe festivities began with a reception at the State House, sponsored by Novo Banco (bank from Cabo Verde) on July 2nd. The only two Cape Verdean Representatives to the Massachusetts State House, Evandro Carvalho and Vinny De Macedo, were present, along with the Ambassadors of Cabo Verde and Portugal, the Consulate General of Cabo Verde, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Other local politicians and agency representatives who serve the community were also in attendance.

I hope all of you who attended enjoyed the celebration as much as we did and thank you to our sponsors, DTZ, Coca Cola, Catholic Charities, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Vargas & Vargas Insurance,  East Boston Savings Bank, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Health Care for All, JFK Library and Museum, DaSilveira Builders, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Emerging Executive, Cruz Construction, Bowdoin Street Health Center, College Bound Dorchester, Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, Family Nurturing Center, Santander Bank, Dorchester Bay EDC, College Bound Dorchester, Senior Whole Health, and Pacific Insurance