Independence Day (Día de la Patria) is indisputably Mexico’s most important National Holiday. It celebrates the day that Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) and announced the Mexican revolt against Spanish rule. Independence celebrations take place starting at 11pm on September 15th, when the President of the Republic shouts the cry of “Viva Mexico” (long live Mexico) from the balcony of the National Palace — an event that is televised and broadcast on radio throughout the nation, as Mexicans cry back with “Viva” in an emotion-packed annual ritual. Smaller similar celebrations occur in cities and towns all over Mexico.
The following day, September 16, is Independence Day in Mexico and is considered a patriotic holiday or fiesta patria. This day is marked by parades, patriotic programs, and drum, bugle and marching band competitions.
Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) is a Mexican national/statutory holiday. Schools, banks, post offices and other public government offices are closed.