Mexican History

Independence Day - Sept. 16th

Mexican Independence Day is the culmination of the Fiesta Patrias, a festival celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain. The festival reaches a dramatic peak on September 15 at 11:00 p.m. when the President appears on the balcony of the National Palace to recite the Grito de Dolores. This "cry of Dolores" recreates the speech given by Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo on September 15,1810.

Hidalgo called for Mexican self-rule and a revolt against Spain. He was captured and executed by Spanish troops in 1811 and Mexico did not win independence from Spain until 1821.

Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 with fireworks, parades, and ringing of cathedral bells.