The US has come a long way since that heady day in July 1776 when the American colonialists formally declared themselves independent of England, with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin and the other rebels signing the famous Declaration of Independence that began America’s remarkable journey towards becoming the world’s foremost superpower.
Belize’s relationship with the US has always been strong. In addition to many other ties, the two countries share a history of achieving independence from Great Britain, and while Belize’s sovereignty came in 1981 and under decidedly more peaceful circumstances, both nations maintain warm ties and healthy relationships with the old country.
Today the huge Belizean diaspora in the US and the many American expats living in Belize, as well as the ever growing number of visitors seeking sun, fun and a true back to nature experience guarantees that the harmony and mutual respect we have always enjoyed will continue well into the future.
So rest assured that many, many Belizeans both up north and in the Jewel will be celebrating the Fourth of July with all the respect and exuberance it deserves.
And being lovers of interesting facts, we’ll leave you with these:
Did you know that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as US Presidents? And that they both died on the same day – July 4, 1826 – the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence?
In addition, Calvin Coolidge the 30th President was born on July 4, 1872.
Happy American Independence Day!