Every year, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16! It is one of Mexico's most important holidays, with parades, festivals, feasts, parties and more... it truly is a celebration for all!

In Mexico City, thousands congregate in the Zócalo, or main square, on the night of the 15th to hear the President ring the same bell that Hidalgo did and recite the Grito de Dolores - the 1810 declaration inciting Mexicans to take up arms against the tyrannies of the Spanish government. The crowd roars, cheers and chants, and fireworks light up the sky. On the 16th, every city and town all over Mexico celebrates with parades, dances and other civic festivals.

Most Mexicans celebrate by hanging flags all over their home and spending time with family. A feast is usually involved. If the food can be made red, white and green (like the Mexican Flag) all the better!


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