In many Spanish-speaking countries, it is a tradition to name streets, avenues, and even plazas and parks after famous dates in history.
Many streets, avenues, and squares in Latin America and even in Europe have dates of the calendar as names because they were named after significant events that occurred on those dates, or in honor of historical figures who were born or died on those dates. These dates could also commemorate independence, revolutions, and wars that took place on a particular day.
Here are some more examples of streets, avenues, and squares that are named after dates on the calendar:
- Plaza del 2 de Mayo – Madrid, Spain: This plaza is named after May 2, 1808, which is the date of the Dos de Mayo uprising against French occupation in Madrid during the Peninsular War
- 10 de Agosto Avenue – Quito, Ecuador: This avenue is named after the date when Ecuador declared independence from Spain in 1809.
- 16 de Septiembre Street – Mexico City, Mexico: This street is named after the date when Mexico declared independence from Spain in 1810.
- 20 de Julio Square – Bogotá, Colombia: This square is named after the date when Colombia declared independence from Spain on July 20, 1810
- 24 de Mayo Avenue – Quito, Ecuador: This avenue is named after the date when the first battle of the Ecuadorian War of Independence was fought in 1822.
- 7 de Setembro Avenue – São Paulo, Brazil: This avenue is named after the date when Brazil declared independence from Portugal in 1822.
- 9 de Julio Avenue – Buenos Aires, Argentina: This avenue is named after their independence.
- 12 de Octubre Avenue – Quito, Ecuador: This avenue is named after the date when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas in 1492.
- 15 de Septiembre Avenue – San Salvador, El Salvador: This avenue is named after the date when Central America declared independence from Spain on September 15, 1821:
- 14 Juillet Avenue – Paris, France: This avenue is named after July 14, 1789, which is the date of the storming of the Bastille, a key event in the French Revolution.
- 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, named after the date of the Carnation Revolution on April 25, 1974.
- 4th of July Avenue in Cordova, Alaska. UNITED STATES! This street was named after the United States’ Independence Day on July 4, 1776. However, that city has a Spanish connection. It was a region claimed by Spain through New Spain. Valdez Alaska as well.
These are some more examples:
Avenida Cinco de Mayo, also Avenida 5 de Mayo, Mexico City.
After the Cinco de Mayo battle anniversary.
Avenida 20 de Noviembre, Mexico City.
After the Revolution Day.
Avenida 16 de Septiembre, Mexico City.
After Independence Day.
Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires.
After Independence Day.
Avenida 18 de Julio, Montevideo, Uruguay.
After Constitution Day.
This tradition is also observed in France, Italy, Brazil, and other countries.
Rue du 14 Juillet, Paris.
After Bastille Day.
Avenida Nove de Julho (July 9th), São Paulo, Brasil.
After Constitutionalist Revolution in Sao Paulo.