Written by Maia Muttoo

Celebrating Belize Independence Day

September 21st marks the 37th anniversary of Belize’s independence. Patriotic blue, red and white adorn the country as Belizeans celebrate with fireworks, vibrant parades, local food and concerts.

A Brief Timeline of Belizean Independence

1798: The Baymen defeat the Spanish at the Battle of St. George’s Caye

1862: Britain gains formal control over the territory, naming it British Honduras

1964: Britain makes British Honduras a self-granted government

1973: British Honduras is re-named Belize

1981: Belize gains full independence

How to Celebrate in 2018

Attend a Ceremony, March or Parade

  • Ceremonies, marches and parades will take place all across the country, in both cities and small towns alike. Join along as floats, costumed revelers and marchers hit the streets in a dynamic show of national pride. The official ceremony to observe Independence Day takes place at 8am on 21st September in Memorial Park.

Hit the Expo

  • Since its humble beginnings in 1996, the Expo Belize Market Place has expanded into the largest consumer trade-show in the country. In 2017, the annual event attracted 17,000 people for entertainment and displays from the Commerce, Industry, Manufacturing and Service industries. This year’s event takes place on September 15th and 16th at the ITVET Campus from 8am-5pm. Tickets are $5 for Adults, and $3 for Children aged 11 and under. For more information visit https://www.belize.org/expo-belize-market-place/.

Dance to Live Music

  • On September 20th, jump into Independence Day at the Soca and Culture Festival. This year’s concert at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex features Kes the Band, Patrice Roberts, Rupee, Shal Marshall, Supa G, TR Shine and DJ Puffy. Tickets are $40 General Admission, $125 VIP and $225 Platinum (limited availability). Find more information at the event’s official Facebook page.

Sources: Travel Belize, My Beautiful Belize, Belize Travel Blog, Belize Adventure, Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Belize Soca & Culture Festival, Belize Local


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