Mexican Independence Day in Mexico City: How to celebrate

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On September, 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo cried “El Grito” or “The Cry of Independence” in Guanajuato, Mexico. This speech was the spark that ignited Mexico’s struggle for independence.

Cinco do Mayo is a crucial date in Mexico’s history but Independence Day is the biggest celebration. If you like fireworks, parades, live music and dancing, you’ll want to be a part of these celebrations.

There are 4 essential components to a Mexican Independence Day celebration.

  1. Wearing Mexico’s national colors – red, white and green
  2. Drinking tequila or mezcal
  3. Listening to mariachi music
  4. Eating pozole

In Mexico City, celebrations begin a day early. The evening festivities begin with a feast. Traditional Mexican dishes are featured, including

  • Pozole, a soup made with hominy and pork and topped with crunchy fried tortillas
  • Tamales
  • Chiles en Nogada, poblano chiles stuffed with meat and red, white and green dried fruit
  • Tacos

and so much more.

After lavish dinners, the people go to the National Palace to watch the Mexican president ring the 200 year old bell and reenact the famous “El Grito.” Shouts of “Viva Mexico” can be heard as the crowds march through the streets, carrying Mexican flags. Red, white and green streamers, flowers, balloons, lights and paper lanterns will light the night in the national colors.

Music from mariachi bands fill the air and there is dancing in the streets. Dancers in colorful traditional garb entertain the crowds with bailes folkloricos.

The festivities continue on September 16 with speeches, parades, great food, tequila, beer and entertainment. Red, white and green decorations line the streets. Crowds chant and sing patriotic songs.

If you’d like to go to the Independence Day celebrations and look the part, check this out to see some beautiful creations.

And here are some Mexican Independence Day clothes for men.

Mexico City Hotels

If you’d like to visit Mexico City for the Independence Day celebrations, you should consider the following hotels. They are all offering up to 63% off their regular rates which can save you money on your stay.

  • Reforma Guest House – 63% Discount
  • Armonik Suites – 55% Discount
  • Laila Hotel CDMX – 55% Discount
  • Casa Jacinta Guest House – 46% Discount
  • Casa Decu – 45% Discount
  • Geneve Ciudad de Mexico – 41% Discount
  • Savilla Palace Hotel – 35% Discount
  • Maria Condesa – In Mexico City – 35% Discount
  • Alteza Palanco – 35% Discount
  • Grand Fiesta Americana Chapultepec – 30% Discount
  • Fiesta Americana Reforma – 30% Discount
  • Galleria Plaza Reforma – 25% Discount
  • Volga – 25% Discount
  • The Wild Oscar – 25% Discount
  • UTOPIC Polanco by ULIV – 22% Discount
  • Casa Calderon by Kukun – 20% Discount
  • Grand Polanco Residencial – 20% Discount
  • Casa Mali by Dominion – 20% Discount
  • HOTEL LUCA – 20% Discount
  • Barcelo Mexico Reforma – 17% Discount
  • Mondrian Mexico City Condesa – 17% Discount
  • Camino Real Polanco Mexico – 15% Discount
  • Marquis Reforma Hotel Spa – 15% Discount
  • JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco – 15% Discount
  • Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mexico City – 15% Discount
  • Be Mate Masaryk – 12% Discount
  • Sonder Cielo – 10% Discount
  • Sofitel Mexico City Reforma – 10% Discount
  • NH Collection Mexico City Reforma – 10% Discount
  • Reforma 222 Hamburg by Kukun – 10% Discount