Celebrate Independence Day in Belize
September in Belize
After several centuries as a British colony, Belize gained its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981. Today, the national holiday is the occasion for two weeks of partying, parades, and street exhibitions leading up to September 21 when every town comes alive with people waving the red, white and blue (the colors of the Belizean flag).
Independence Day 2016 will be a special time in Belize as the country celebrates its 35th anniversary of gaining full sovereignty. The occasion will be marked with a number of amazing celebrations, parties, and activities. This year’s official theme is “Sovereign and Strong Together as One.”
To make the most of your time in Belize in September, be sure not to miss:
The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day
The issue of whether Spain or Britain would end up controlling Belize was decided in a colossal, week-long naval battle in 1798 off the coast of St. George’s Caye. The British emerged triumphant on September 10, now a national holiday in Belize celebrated by the playing of patriotic music and people dressed in the national colors.
Marches and Parades
In 2016, the September holidays begin on August 28 and will continue right on up to Independence Day on September 21. Every town and village across the country will hold parades featuring marchers, bands, and floats. Be on the lookout for a sea of red, white and blue as Belizeans of all age celebrate the season with patriotic pride.
The month of September is also when you can find live music concerts throughout the country. Some as small affairs held in local villages featuring indigenous music while others are big events that draw top-name acts and thousands of fans.
Yet another way to celebrate national pride, the Expo is a two-day marketplace showcasing all of the best products made in Belize. More than 17,000 people will flock the halls of the Expo to buy locally-produced goods, dance, and sample all of the different forms of Belizean cuisine that make this cultural melting pot such a unique treat for food lovers.
This riotous display of color, street dancing, and marching is yet another way for Belizeans to celebrate their culture and nation. Don’t miss all the wonderful live music, dancing until dawn, and fun games and activities that surround this popular event.
With so many parades, concerts, and festivals, it’s no wonder that September is one of the most popular months to visit Belize.