Ways to Celebrate Independence Day 2016.

Sri Lanka's 68th Independence Day is almost upon us. It's a definite cause for celebration, and since it's a national holiday, we'll tell you what you can do with all that glorious free time. 

1. uberCARE

Uber's concept this Independence Day is pretty interesting. It's in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in order to supply schools in rural areas with stationary. 

How : Open up your Uber app between 12 and 4 in the afternoon on the 4th of Feb. Slide across to the ubercare option, choose your location, and a vehicle will come to pick up whatever your donations are, free of charge. More details available on their newsroom.

2. Embark

Otara's Foundation has launched a series of ads to raise awareness this Independence Day. We found them really touching and topical.

How : You can join ongoing campaigns or donate to the Otara Foundation

3. PickMe's Classic Car Ride

The cab-hailing app is having a superbly cool promo this Independence Day. If you're in the Independence Square vicinity, you can hail a classic vintage car for a 5 km ride around Colombo for a flat Rs. 500 per ride. You can also chat with the vintage car owners and drivers to learn more.

How : Get to Independence Square, open up your Pick Me app, and slide to the "Classic Car" option. 

4. Independence Day Parade

Image Credit : Daily News

If you're a real patriot and want to see the official parade, you can head to Galle Face Terrace and watch the country's armed forces in full array. The premier, ministers, and dignitaries will be around though, so you may have to just stand about in the searing heat until you find a spot with a view. 

5. Get out of Town

If you're sneaky, you can take off Friday and wrangle a long weekend out of it. We'd suggest a whole heap of places, especially down south while it's still in season. 

6. Staycation!

If you're a responsible adult and not taking the weekend off, you can always stay in Colombo and do some exploration in the name of freedom! Check out our guide for more tips. 


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