Belize Celebrates 35 Years of Independence

“Sovereign and Strong – Together as One!” is the theme under which Belize celebrates 35 years of independence this September. Previously a British colony, Belize was declared an independent nation on September 21st, 1981. But one day is not enough! Every year, Belizeans celebrate for the entire month of September.


Going back a couple hundred years before independence, British woodcutters, called the Baymen, settled the land known previously as British Honduras. The Spaniards had made several attempts over the years to expel the settlers and take over the area. The final attempt was made on September 10th, 1798 off the coast near St. George’s Caye, where a short battled ensued. When the Spaniards retreated, the British declared themselves winners. The date of this battle marks the annual celebration of the Battle of St. George’s Caye, which is also a national holiday commemorated with street marches and festivities countrywide. The road to independence began many years later, but Belize became an independent nation in 1981.


With anchor holidays on September 10th and 21st, there is no shortage of activities all month long. During a visit to Belize in September, travelers will observe extensive decorations of blue, white and red. Belize flags, and streamers adorn the streets, and everyone is in a festive mood. Belizeans love a good party, and September is the perfect excuse! They fly their flags proudly, and participate in vibrant parades and carnivals. There is no shortage of live music, food and drinks throughout the nation. The Carnival Road March is a main attraction, and is being held in Belize City on September 17; and this year, for the first time ever, Hopkins will come alive with a J’Ouvert Road Parade starting at 3:00am on September 10. The name J’Ouvert originates from the French jour ouvert, meaning day break or morning, and traditionally signals the start of Carnival. The Hopkins J’Ouvert Road Parade will feature the traditional mud and paint at daybreak, and promises to be a fun-filled event.


Villa Verano is located in the heart of Belize in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek district.  With so many nearby festivities, we can make arrangements for guests who want to experience the J’Ouvert Road Parade, Carnival or Independence Day Parade.  See a complete country-wide list of activities below.  After a full day (and maybe night) of celebrations, return to the comfort and luxury of Villa Verano! Villa Verano’s beachfront villa is ideal for groups, families, couples or individuals, offering various accommodation options. Our services and amenities are unmatched in Hopkins and our staff is ready to spoil you. Villa Verano promises to make you feel at home. Come celebrate with us and experience the ultimate luxury vacation…within your reach!



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