Then James Monroe, the fifth president, died on July 4, the 55th anniversary of the US National Day. It was really a coincidence of special coincidences with no answers. It was really surprising that July 4 – the day that marked the independence of the United States was also a holiday marking the independence of the Philippines and Rwanda. . For the Philippines, July 4 or “Republic Day” marks the time when the US officially recognized the Philippines as an independent nation in 1946 and although June 12 is the National Day of the Philippines, but it still has a very important historical significance for this Southeast Asian nation.