Colorful Mexican Independence Day Traditions

Come to Mexico for Independence Day!

Mexican Independence Day is coming up on September 15 and 16, and here at Sandos Hotels & Resorts we’re getting pretty excited for all the celebrations!

Early September is a special time of year here in Mexico, known as Mes Patrio (meaning “Patriotic Month”). Travelers who are visiting Mexico around this time are sure to see plenty of green, white and red everywhere they go in honor of the colors of the Mexican flag.

Street carts in the cities are loaded up with flags, drums, noisemakers and more, while green, white and red papel picado (traditional Mexican folk art of colorful cut paper) is strung up above the main avenues. Throughout the first weeks of September, the patriotic atmosphere is contagious everywhere you go.

Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos

Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos

Mexican Independence Day celebrates the historic events that happened way back in the early hours of September 16, 1810 in the small town of Dolores Guanajuato in central Mexico.

On this night, the priest Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bell to gather the people and ask them to rise up against Spain, beginning Mexico’s War of Independence. This moment is known as “El Grito de Dolores” (The Cry of Dolores), and it’s still celebrated today; every year on the night of September 15, crowds gather in city squares across Mexico for the famous “El Grito”.

At 11 pm, the President of Mexico steps out onto the balcony of the National Palace in the Zocalo of Mexico City and rings Miguel Hidalgo’s bell, while the entire country cheers along simultaneously, shouting “Viva Mexico!”

Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort

Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort

Just as you’d expect, September 15 is a popular night in Mexico to go out with friends and family. Of course, many go to their local town square for El Grito, but bars and restaurants across the country also fill up with people celebrating Mexican Independence Day.

Others organize house parties and cookouts, while in some cities the local people take to the streets to celebrate. In the beach city of Playa del Carmen, for example, all of 5th Avenue fills up with crowds joining in on the Mexican Independence Day celebrations.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

The night of September 15 is filled with fireworks, joy, excitement and celebration all across Mexico as citizens and travelers alike honor this special holiday.

And of course, Sandos Hotels & Resorts in Mexico will also be offering a variety of Mexican Independence Day celebrations and activities for all ages on September 15 and 16, 2017.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

At our all inclusive resorts in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Cabo San Lucas, guests can have a blast with Mexican-themed games, specialty cocktails, fun Kids Club activities, live music and dancing, not to mention mouthwatering Mexican cuisine so guests can experience a variety of traditional flavors.

mariachis at dinner

There’s no better place to be on Mexican Independence Day than on a beach in Mexico celebrating this colorful and vibrant holiday with family and friends.

We hope to see you at one of our Sandos resorts on September 15 and 16. Viva Mexico!

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