Independence Day is an annual holiday celebrated in countries around the world commemorating the anniversary of the nation's independence. Each country has it's own reason to celebrate and many are celebrated similarly under other names such as National Day, Foundation Day, Statehood Day or name the day for their country (Canada Day and Fiji Day), or other name. In the U.S. it is most commonly referred to as the 4th of July.
Australia Day is the National Day of Australia and celebrates the landing of the first fleet of British ships on what is now Sydney Harbor in 1788. This led to the first British colony in Australia and eventually Britain’s ownership of the entire island. It is one of the oldest holidays celebrated in the country with observances beginning in the early 1800s. Today Australia Day is a chance to celebrate national pride.