Facts on Belize’s Battle of St. George’s Caye
September is the most patriotic month in the Belize Calendar and with good reason. The tiny Central American country observes its historic St. George’s Caye Day, September 10th (the day when British settlers defeated the Spaniards from occupying Belize) and Independence Day, September 21st (the birth of our nation). We’ve dug several key points and facts to help you better understand how we gain sovereignty and control over our Belizean soil.
- This year Belize will observe its 221st Anniversary of the Battle of the St. George’s Caye – a battle between the Spaniards and the Baymen (British) was fought at St. George’s Caye. It was part of an outbreak of war between Spain and Britain.
- After their defeat, the Spaniards never tried gaining control over the territory of Belize.
- Today, over 200 years later, the 10th of September is still celebrated as a National Holiday in Belize.
- Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.
- Every year on this September 10th day, many activities are planned all over the country to commemorate this historical event including the traditional citizens parade and street exhibitions.
Facts on Independence Day – September 21st
- This year Belize will celebrate 38 years of becoming an Independent Nation.
- Belize gained its Independent status from Great Britain on 21 September 1981 under the Peoples United Party Government led by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price now known as the Father of the Nation.
- Belize is a member of the United Nations, the Non Aligned Movement, the Organization of American States, PARLACEN (the Central American parliament), SICA (the acronym in Spanish for the Central American Integration System) and the British Commonwealth of Nations.
- Belizeans across the land and the wider diaspora celebrate the nation’s independence with Flag raising ceremony in the Capital City of Belmopan, followed by a jump-up parade on the principal streets of each municipality.
- This year, in lieu of September 21st falling on a Saturday, Belize will observe Monday, September 23rd as a Public and Bank Holiday.
This year’s September celebrations is being held under the theme, “From Maya Grandeur to Modern Glory, Together Let’s Shape the Belizean Story!” We wish all our Belizeans home and abroad, a Safe and Happy September Celebrations!