While fiestas symbolize our Chamorro heritage, the annual Liberation Day Parade held annually on July 21 serves as a symbol of freedom for Chamorro people. Marine Corps Drive, the annual parade site, is where families and friends line the streets to watch floats and marching groups celebrate the island's liberation from Japanese forces in WWII. Accompanied by local food, music, and entertainment, the parade is our sign of the promise of independence. There are also numerous monuments located throughout the island dedicated to depicting the events of WWII on Guam.
Predominantly Catholic, Guam residents celebrate a procession in honor of Santa Marian Kamalen, the island's patron saint, on Dec. 8 each year. The streets of Hagåtña are filled with Catholics celebrating the tradition of a faith and culture that has existed on Guam for decades. Adults and children use this day to honor the faith that continues to unite Chamorros.
Another tradition that has continued to progress over the years is the night market at Chamorro Village, designed to resemble an old Spanish market. Restaurants, shops, and vendors complement the myriad of local cuisine choices at the village, now a popular site for visitors and locals on Wednesday and Friday evenings. People from all over the island travel to Hagåtña to join in fun and festivities each week. The night market has become so common on Guam that it's grown into a tradition Chamorros enjoy regularly with friends and family.