Mexican Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom and Culture.

Mexican Independence Day, celebrated on September 16th, commemorates Mexico's declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. This historic day holds great significance for Mexicans around the world, including Mexican-American communities.

Are you planning a trip to Mexico for the grand celebration of Mexican Independence Day? If so, you're in for a treat! Imagine the Fourth of July but with a Mexican twist-vibrant parades, mouthwatering food, and mariachi music filling the air.

Mexican Independence Day is a time to honor freedom and Mexican cultural heritage. Let's explore the traditions and vibrant displays of national identity, Intrigued? Let's dive in!

The History Behind Mexican Independence Day

The Cry of Dolores: The Spark of Mexican Independence

On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, delivered a powerful speech known as the 'Cry of Dolores'. He gave this speech in the town of Dolores.

The purpose of his speech was to ignite the fight for freedom from Spanish control. This speech started the fight for freedom from Spanish control. Hidalgo called for an end to the Spanish regime, encouraging his fellow Mexicans to rise and fight for their freedom. It's the emotional pinnacle of Mexican Independence Day.

Celebrating Freedom and National Identity

Mexican Independence Day is a momentous occasion that symbolizes the resilience and determination of the Mexican people. It stands as a testament to their courageous struggle against oppression and their quest for self-governance. This day is a powerful reminder of the journey toward independence and those who paved the way.

The significance of Mexican Independence Day extends beyond the borders of Mexico. People around the world widely celebrate this joyous occasion, particularly in countries with significant Mexican diasporas, including the United States. Mexican-Americans celebrate their culture and join in the celebrations to spread the message of joy and independence worldwide.

The cry of dolores celebration by the president of MexicoEnrique Peña Nieto

Isn't May 5th Independence Day?

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. people commonly confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day.

While it is a significant cultural celebration, it is distinct from the nationwide celebration of independence on September 16th. read this blog if you want to know more about May 5th celebration.

The Festivities of Mexican Independence Day

Picture the Times Square Ball Drop on New Year's Eve, but instead of a countdown, there's a heartfelt cry for freedom. The event recreates the moment when Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bell to start the war of Independence. Families gather in town squares to shout ¡Viva Mexico! as the clock strikes midnight. It's a moment of unity that you won't want to miss.

Mexican Independence Day is a lively celebration with parties, decorations, and food. Learn about what makes this day unique.

The Grito de Dolores: President's Speech and Ceremony

On September 15th, the President of Mexico speaks to many people in town squares all over the country in the evening. The President gets inspired by Miguel Hidalgo's speech in 1810, he shouts "¡Viva México!" and says important phrases that represent the fight for freedom. Additionally, he rings the same bell that Hidalgo used 200 years ago.

How to Participate

If you're in Mexico during this time, head to the Zócalo, or main square, in any city. The larger the city, the bigger the celebration.

Music, Parades, and Traditional Celebrations

Music is important for Mexican Independence Day. Mariachi bands play traditional songs in the streets. Colorful parades fill the air with joy, showcasing traditional costumes and folk dances.


This form of folk music originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco and is a staple in Mexican Independence Day celebrations. Mariachis fill the air with joy, displaying their traditional costumes and folk dances.

Folkloric Dance

Also known as "Ballet Folklórico", these dances often tell stories of Mexico's history and diverse culture. The costumes and dance styles vary by region but are always colorful and engaging. Some of the iconic regional dances are Jarabe Tapatio and El Son de la Negra to mention some of them.

Loteria mexicana game


Mexican Bingo, or Loteria Mexicana, is a fun game that mixes bingo and playing cards. People of all ages enjoy this game of luck.

The game consists of a deck of cards, each featuring colorful illustrations, often associated with Mexican folklore and everyday life. These images include characters like "El Catrín" (the dapper man), "La Dama" (the lady), and "El Sol" (the sun).

Cards are shuffled and drawn. Players mark their cards if the drawn image is on their boards. The first who completes the board and shouts: Loteria! is the winner.

La Carrera de Cucharas (The Spoon Race)

A classic game that brings out the child in everyone, La Carrera de Cucharas is a relay race where participants must balance an egg on a spoon while racing to the finish line. It's a fun game for family and community events that needs a steady hand and makes people laugh a lot.

Pinata Fun

While not a board game, the pinata is an iconic element in every Mexican celebration, including Independence Day. Children and adults take turns trying to break open a colorful paper-mache figure filled with candies and treats. It's an activity that adds an element of surprise and joy to the festivities.

Fireworks: A Visual Spectacle

As night falls, fireworks light up the sky with a dazzling array of colors. The display is often synchronized with music, making it a multi-sensory experience.

Traditional Mexican Cuisine.

Hungry for some authentic Mexican cuisine? Mexican Independence Day is a foodie's paradise, no Mexican celebration is complete without the tantalizing flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine.

The aromas of tamales, tacos, enchiladas, pozole, menudo, chiles en nogada and guacamole waft through the streets as families and local vendors prepare an array of culinary delights. It is a time to savor the rich flavors and spices that define Mexican cuisine.


These are made from masa (corn dough) that is usually filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, or chilies. They are wrapped in corn husks and steamed to perfection.


This is a hearty soup made from hominy, with meat (usually pork), and seasoned with garlic, onion, and Mexican spices. It's a communal dish often shared among family and friends during the Independence celebrations.

Chiles en Nogada

This dish is particularly special because it incorporates the colors of the Mexican flag. Poblano chiles are filled with meat and fruits, covered in creamy walnut sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds.

chiles en nogada


These mouthwatering treats consist of tortillas rolled around various fillings, typically meat, cheese, beans, or a combination of these ingredients. The rolled tortillas are then smothered in a savory chili sauce and baked to perfection. Enchiladas offer a delightful blend of textures and flavors, making them a favorite in Mexican cuisine.


The Mole Poblano is not just a sauce; it's a culinary masterpiece that has captured the hearts and palates of food enthusiasts around the world. This tasty sauce has a long history, many different types, and takes a lot of work to make.

Accompany these delectable treats while enjoying refreshing beverages like Mexican beer, sangria, and tequila, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Mexico City and Beyond

The largest Mexican Independence Day celebrations in the United States often take place in key cities with significant Mexican-American populations. Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and San Antonio are just a few examples of cities that embrace the spirit of Mexican Independence Day and host grand festivities.

However, the most iconic celebration occurs in Mexico City, where the Zócalo, the city's main square, becomes the epicenter of the festivities. Mexicans in Mexico and the US are brought together with pride by this exciting event, which is shown live across the country.

Beyond Mexico City, Mexican-American communities in various cities across the United States organize their own unique celebrations. These events blend Mexican traditions with American flair, creating a distinct cultural fusion that showcases the diversity and resilience of the Mexican-American community.

Celebrate Independence Day vacations at Club Solaris, the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday experience. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and patriotic atmosphere as we commemorate Mexico's independence with a plethora of exciting activities and entertainment options for guests of all ages.

Throughout your stay, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of fun-filled activities that pay tribute to Mexico's independence. Join in the traditional history and culture with live music and captivating performances. Indulge in delicious Mexican cuisine, savoring the flavors of traditional dishes such as chiles en nogada, mole poblano, and tamales, all expertly prepared by our talented chefs.

So join us at Club Solaris this Independence Day for a vacation like no other. Whether you're traveling with family, friends, or that special someone, we guarantee that your time with us will be filled with laughter, love, and cherished memories. Viva Mexico!

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