September is the perfect time to visit Belize as the entire month is one big patriotic celebration that culminates on September 21 when Belizeans commemorate gaining independence from Great Britain in 1981.
In 2017, the theme of the Independence Day festivities will be “Belize: Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!.” The theme was carefully chosen as a way to strengthen the country’s resolve to continue the path forward towards progress. It also highlights the pleasure that Belizeans take in all of their past victories
Chosen by the National Celebrations Commission, this year’s Independence Day theme will highlight Belize’s richly diverse cultural heritage with several events held across the country, including a National Song Competition to give both professional and amateur musicians a venue in which to showcase their original contributions to promote national pride, artistic freedom, and the unique cultural heritage of Belize.
On September 10, 1798, a rugged band of English loggers and a small naval squadron faced off against a Spanish flotilla just offshore of the island of St. George’s Caye. The British ultimately triumphed against the odds, and Belize went on to become the only English-speaking colony in the region. September 10 is now St. George’s Caye Day and is celebrated across the country with recitations of patriotic poems, parades, and people dressed in the national colors (red, white, and blue).
The festivities in Belize flow continuously across the country with each village and town staging parties, fairs, music concerts, and parades until Independence Day, September 21, when large fireworks shows and top-name musical artists keep the crowds partying until dawn.
Throughout September, there is a diversity of local colors with marching bands, dancing in the street, flamboyant costumes, cultural exhibitions and plenty of energetic music. Many Belizeans working overseas return home during this month to reunite with family and share in the patriotic fever. Certainly, September is one of the best times to visit Belize as the entire country glorifies their culture, history, and incredible accomplishments during their 36 years of independence.
Laru Beya is a beautiful beach resort located on the sunny shores of the Caribbean Sea in Placencia, Belize. Laru Beya, which means “on the beach” in the local Garifuna tongue, has lovely rooms and suites only steps away from the water, a fun mini golf course, infinity swimming pool, and one of the best restaurants in the country, making Laru Beya the perfect choice for visitors wanting to enjoy all varieties of September patriotic celebrations.