No matter where you live, there’s probably an Independence Day reminder on your calendar. In the U.S., July 4th is sacrosanct because it stands for more than just background barbecues, fireworks, and a day off work. It’s a nationwide salute to the men and women of the 13 states who fought to make sure that an official Declaration of Independence was enacted on July 4, 1776, freeing the colonies of British control.
Historians will tell you that the U.S. managed to separate itself from the crown’s influence in relatively short order—especially when compared to Belize’s long fight for independence. This nation had to wait until 1981 to fly its unique flag, announcing to the world that Belize had at long last achieved home rule. Until that date, Belize was beholden to colonizers so completely, it was renamed British Honduras.
Achieving independence on September 21, 1981, meant more than a name change; it further cemented the bonds of people of diverse nationalities. This society is made up of Mestizo, Creole, Maya, Garifuna (whose origins were bound up in the Caribbean slave trade), and citizens whose roots in Asia, and North America make up an impressive share. These heritages represent a diverse populace, yet each citizen identifies as Belizean, thus Independence Day is especially meaningful every year.
You’re invited to be part of this year’s celebration
It’s hard to believe that an independent Belize will celebrate 42 years of freedom on September 21, 2023, and like this society’s spirit, celebrations to mark this date will be especially memorable. Having declared this year’s theme to be “Hope Ignited, Hands United, Vision Renewed,” plans are underway to make it an unforgettable holiday.
From the former capital, Belize City, to towns dotting the Caribbean shoreline and everywhere in-between, tourists coming for the festivities will be treated to a grand celebration of color, rhythm, food, and entertainment that will take place for several days surrounding the actual date. Expect to be swept up in the nation’s joy—especially if you book a stay at Laru Beya Resort, on the Placencia Peninsula, where the fun never stops every September!
Laru Beya: your Independence Day headquarters
Who doesn’t want to sojourn at a property offering guests access to all the events surrounding this important occasion? Located on the Caribbean coastline, visitors choose from a menu of Belize all inclusive vacation packages and add-ons that promise non-stop fun on-premises and throughout the 16-mile-long finger of land.
Laru Beya’s guest services team will make your vacation effortless as you split your time between the resort’s amenities and weekly scheduled tours. You won’t miss a thing. Why not keep the celebration flame alive after you enjoy your hometown’s 4th of July festivities? Bring your spirit of independence to Belize for this big day, knowing that independence is so precious, it deserves to be celebrated more than once a year!