September 16 Is Mexican Independence Day

September 15, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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The only Mexican holiday many Americans are familiar with is Cinco de Mayo. And, surely, not  many of the people getting drunk that day have any clue what they are drinking to.

However, if you plan on celebrating another Mexican holiday , you have a chance.

September 16 is Mexican Independence Day. If you’re not familiar with Mexican Independence Day, then here is your primer:

In September 1810, Spanish officials uncovered a plot by rebels from the state of Guanajuato to overthrow the government. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla delivered the grito, or shout, to the citizens of the town Dolores:

“My children, a new dispensation comes to us today…Will you free yourselves? Will you recover the lands stolen 300 years ago from your forefathers by the hated Spaniards? We must act at once.”  And they did, 11 years later. Via

Just as we American celebrate July 4 with all sorts of parties, Mexicans have parades and dress up floats and have a grand ole time.

I’m assuming there is a lot of drinking involved as well.

Also, I’m surprised that American bars haven’t picked up on this holiday yet so they can cash in on yet another holiday for college kids to get drunk.

Cinco de Mayo? Yeah, it commemorates when the Mexican army defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.


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