Belize Independence Day
Independence Day is one of the most important and memorable days for any nation in the world. Almost all nations celebrate their independence day significantly to commemorate the anniversary of their statehood and a national holiday is announced for the celebrations.
If you want to witness the real culture, festivals, and traditions of a country, the best time to visit that country is during their Independence Day celebrations. Likewise, Belize is one of those countries where you can witness their rich and diverse culture during the Independence Day celebrations and parades.
If you don’t already know, Belize was formally known as British Honduras and got their independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981. It is one of the country’s most colorful and highly anticipated celebrations by locals and foreigners alike who come yearly to part take in the country’s festivities. So, if you have plans to visit Belize in general and looking for the most interesting things to experience in Belize, plan your trip around the third week of September. It’s a celebration like no other in the entire country.
What is Belize Independence Day all about?
It is all about the unique cultural ceremonies, the ‘Jump Up’ parade, a 21-gun salute, and stunning fireworks that fill the night and day with endless fun, food, dancing, and of course celebrating. The parades are a treat to watch because of the beautiful and colorful costumes and street car floats. The booming Soca music and the spirited dancers attract everyone to celebrate and have fun. Where ever you are in Belize, whether it’s Belize City mainland or Caye Caulker, you’ll get to see such celebrations and massive carnival parades. The entire country “Jumps Up”!
How do the Belizeans celebrate their independence?
The Independence Day celebrations in Belize begins on September 10; the day when the British settlers won the 7-day battle over the Spanish Empire, named as the Battle of St. George’s Caye. Some of the worth-watching activities during the celebrations are:
Patriotic Parades: These parades take place throughout the country featuring local bands, marchers, and floats dressed in the country’s flag colours of red, blue, and white. You may also witness several parades on other days during the 2-week celebrations. You may even be enticed to march along and join the parade.
The Expo: The Expo is all about shopping, singing, dancing, local food, and zillions of other activities. It is one of the largest consumer trade show events in Belize and over 15,000 people normally attend this event.
Music concerts: From the smaller villages to the larger cities and islands, live music concerts are held everywhere during the Independence Day celebrations. The music that represents culture, traditions, and patriotism among the citizens of the country are patriotically displayed and felt with the local music bands giving a live music concern performance. Belizeans don’t just hear or sing the music, they feel it!
Children’s events: If you have kids and want to visit Belize, there are lots of activities and events which are arranged especially for children. Based on several cultural themes, these events are fun to attend and entertaining for the kids.
How to spend Independence Day in Caye Caulker?
Like other parts of the country, you may also attend the parades, events, and concerts in Caye Caulker. If you need to take a break from the dancing or eating, snorkeling in the crystal clear waters is the perfect benefit of celebrating Belize’s Independence Day on an island.