Brazilian Independence Day is September 7. New Yorkers celebrate on Brazilian Day on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.
Brazilian Independence starts with Dom Pedro I
One of the interesting facts about Brazilian independence is that the initial declaration was made without a shot being fired.
King Dom João VI of Portugal had ruled the Portuguese Empire from Brazil since 1808 and had elevated Brazil’s status to a kingdom within the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves in 1815. In 1821 King Dom João VI returned to Portugal leaving his son Dom Pedro I in charge.
When the Portuguese Cortes (congress) tried to once again subjugate Brazil to the Portuguese crown, Dom Pedro I (with the encouragement of his wife, Princess Leopoldina of Habsburg) declared himself for Brazil.
This is what we celebrate as Brazilian Independence Day.