Puerto Rico Constitution Day commemorates the day when Governor Luis Muñoz Marín signed the first Puerto Rican Constitution into law on July 25, 1952. He probably had some of the hidden meanings of the day in mind.
The Puerto Rican Constitution is especially important because the U.S. Constitution does not apply to Puerto Rico.
July 25 is an official holiday in Puerto Rico. The date has several meanings in addition to the signing of the Puerto Rican Constitution:
- July 25 is the Feast of St. James (Santiago Apóstol), the patron saint of Spain, Guatemala and Loíza, Puerto Rico. The day is the highlight of the Festival of Santiago Apóstol in Loíza.
- July 25 is the Feast of Saint Christopher, the Christian martyr and patron saint of travelers. The Puerto Rican economy is based on tourism.
- July 25, 1898 ~ The United States invaded Spanish Puerto Rico in the southern town of Yauco. Nobody celebrates that any more, but the date is meaningful.
- July 25, 2019 ~ #RickyRenuncia, The long-awaited resignation of Ricardo Rosselló, the incompetent and corrupt 12th Governor of Puerto Rico, was finally confirmed.
All of these meanings point to a new day for Puerto Rico.