Are You Ready for Belize’s Independence Day Celebrations?
by Carolyn Lee Sep 19, 2023
Belize became independent from Great Britain on 21 September 1981. The national holiday features two weeks of parades, street exhibitions, and parties leading to Independence Day. Belizeans celebrate the day with festivities, including vibrant colours, music, tasty food, and dance. This year’s independence theme is ‘Hope Ignited, Hands United, Vision Renewed: Belize @42!’
Celebrations are happening in Belmopan, Belize City, San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Orange Walk, San Pedro, Dangriga, Corozal, Benque Viejo, and Punta Gorda. You can check out the list of remaining events shared by the Belize National Celebrations Commission.
If you plan to join the festivities in Orange Walk, we have a few tips to help you immerse yourself in the fun.
Secure accommodation early
Orange Walk’s festivities are popular with locals and tourists alike. If you want to enjoy the festivities and stay nearby, there are several lodges, hotels, and resorts available. Ensure that you book your accommodation before 21 September. You can use our Yello search bar for a list of hotels, lodges, and other accommodations. Use the review section, call, or click their website link for more information.
Experience Orange Walk
Orange Walk is famous for its tacos, and Belizeans from other regions travel hours to enjoy them. Fresh corn tortillas are packed with chicken or pork, along with onion, cabbage, cilantro, and local pepper sauce. The Lamanai Archeological Reserve in Orange Walk is also famous. The Mayan ruins feature several temple structures and date to the 16th century BC. You can learn about Mayan culture and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area from the top of the temples.
Don’t miss J’ouvert and other exciting events in Orange Walk
Some of the events you can add to your Independence activities roster for Orange Walk include the Flag Raising Ceremony, Torch Run, Fireworks Display, Block Party, and J’ouvert. J’ouvert starts around 4am on Independence morning, and features a paint and water parade, dancing, jumping, and pulsating Soca music. If you plan to participate, remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Also, leave valuables at home, especially those that might get wet, lost, or misplaced.
The Independence Parade
The official Independence parade kicks off in the afternoon around 2pm. Most onlookers prefer to watch from a balcony or the roadside. There will be several groups parade in gorgeous carnival costumes, dancing or playing drums while showing their Belizean pride.
Activities leading up to Independence are typically well-organised, exciting, and fun. We hope you are ready to enjoy the festivities. Have fun and be safe!