4 Mexican Festivals for Your Bucket List
Grito de Dolores
Now, this is the real Mexican Independence Day. Every year on September 15, thousands of Mexicans and tourists gather at the Plaza de la Constitución (or Zócalo) in Mexico City for live entertainment and plenty of food and cerveza in celebration of Mexico’s Independence from Spain. At 11 p.m., the Zócalo (one of the largest public plazas on Earth) falls quiet as the President of Mexico rings the National Palace Bell and gives the shout of “¡Viva México!” Then, the crowd sings the Mexican national anthem accompanied by a band made up of soldiers from the Mexican Armed Forces.
The next day, there are fiestas, parades and concerts across all of Mexico. A traditional dish to have on El Grito de la Independencia is chiles en nogada (stuffed poblano peppers doused in a walnut sauce).
If you can’t make it to one of the events listed above, don’t worry. Mexico is a huge place full of sights, events, culture, adventures and interesting people all year long.