Bartenders and customers sitting at the bar at Gwòg Bar Restaurant in August 2023. Photo by Onz Chéry for The Haitian Times

CAP-HAITIEN — Every year in August, Haiti also has a city that never sleeps: Cap-Haitien. 

Because the city’s anniversary falls in that month, every night the blast of music from concerts fills the air, sometimes past 5 a.m. when the cocks begin to crow. By 7 a.m., some people are still out, hanging along The Boulevard, where many events take place, and there’s food and drink galore to grab while chatting. 


Members of the diaspora uplifted Cap-Haitien’s economy after traveling to it in August for the city’s anniversary celebrations.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.