Leave it to a Carnival-happy country such as Colombia to have not one, but two independence days. The first occurs July 20 and celebrates the nation's 1810 revolt against its Spanish conquerors. The second goes down August 7 and honors the 1819 Battle of Boyacá, when a ragtag band led by Simón Bolívar kicked Royalist ass for the very last time. Both days mark the courage and fortitude of that South American nation's people, and each is equally meaningful... More >>>