By Brennan Stark, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil celebrates national Independence Day, Wednesday, September 7th, and patriots and holiday-makers will take to the streets throughout the country and beyond.  Often called Sete de Setembro (7th of September), the date commemorates Brazil's Declaration of Independence from the hands of the Portuguese on September 7th, 1822.

In Brasília, a military parade will take place at the Ministries Esplanade with President Dilma Rousseff in attendance, and many other political . . .

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