Celebrated every 15th and 16th of September, El Dia De Independencia is Mexico’s Independence Day and draws thousands of visitors each year. It’s much like the celebration of 4th of July in the United States.
On the night of September 15th, at exactly 11:00 PM, a crowd gathers at the town’s plaza in many of the Mexican communities where they re-enact the Grito de Independencia or the Cry of Independence. This was in observance of the original speech that was delivered in 1810 by Father Hidalgo, which marked the beginning of Mexico breaking away from Spain’s rule.
If you would like to witness the biggest Independence Day celebration, head to Zocalo Capitalino as this is where Mexico’s President usually does the re-enactment, outside of the Palacio Nacional. In smaller towns, it is the Mayor who leads the celebration.
The mood is very emotional and the crowd can really get nationalistic, waving their flags and applauding every minute. They also sing their national anthem. An amazing fireworks display follows this, signaling the party that goes on till the wee hours of the morning of September 16th. The celebration continues throughout the day.
The streets of Mexico are all lined with decorations with the Mexican colors of red and green. It looks very Christmasy and it may just feel like it. If you come earlier, like in August, vendors on the streets actually start selling Mexican souvenirs and paraphernalia related to the Independence Day celebration.
Then in the morning after the big event, a military parade and a civic ceremony is observed to commemorate this. There are also countless of activities to do that highlight the Mexican culture — bullfighting, horseback riding and rodeos for instance, are very popular during these times.