Belize Independence Day is September 21: a day marked by flag-raising ceremonies, parades, music, dance and food festivals held throughout the country.
Last year US President Obama sent them a congratulatory message:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Belize as you celebrate 31 years of independence this September 21.Whether you are gathering with family, friends or loved ones, all Belizeans can rejoice in your nation’s great diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and languages and your proud heritage as a vibrant democracy situated at the crossroads of Latin America and the Caribbean. The ties between our two countries pre-date Belizean independence — the 50th anniversary this year of the Peace Corps’ presence in Belize offers us the opportunity to renew our longstanding commitment to community development, education, and youth empowerment. Together, we are working to promote citizen security, expand trade and economic growth, and build more opportunities for all people.As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States is a partner and friend. We will continue to stand with you in the years ahead to build a brighter future for the Belizean people.
Facts about Belize Independence Day
- Belize, a country of only 8,867 square miles area and approximately 250,000 people gained independence through a several stage process that began in 1954.
- The entire month of September is dominated by two dueling holidays: Battle of St. George’s Caye Day (September 10th) and Belize Independence Day (September 21st)
- Traditional events that have constituted the September Celebrations include the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival Parade, St. George’s Caye Day Citizens Parade, Expo, Official Independence Day Celebrations, and live musical concerts. New events will include the Cultural Explosion, Belize Sound Fest 2007, 26 years of dance, children talent parade, and “we are Belize”- in music.
- This year’s Belize Independence Day theme, “Independent, Strong and Free, Belize Fi All Ah We” was submitted by fourteen year old E.P. Yorke Highschool student Esther Humes. The phrase is creole (the language spoken throughout Belize) and means – Belize For All of Us. The teenager was awarded a thousand dollar cash prize for her effort.