This Friday, September 15, Mexico starts its biggest fiesta, the Independence Day celebrations. Flags, hats, lanterns, and whatever else patriotic in the national colors red, white, and green, decorate the city during the whole month. It’s truly one of the best time of the year to be here if you like to get to know the Mexican culture. Here are some ideas what to do in Playa del Carmen on Independence Day.
Join the party! Here is where you’ll have the best time in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Independence Day and how to celebrate it.
September 16 is one of Mexico’s most significant public holidays: Independence Day. Entire cities are decorated in the national colors green, white and red. On the night before, the colorful and blithe celebrations begin with lots and lots of parties and fireworks. But what is it exactly about?
In the year 1810, early in the morning of September 16 to be exact, Miguel Hidalgo put into words what every Mexican was feeling: That they’ve had enough of the Spaniards. That their government wasn’t taking care of things the way it’s supposed to. Miguel Hidalgo was a priest in a town called Dolores, in the state of Guanajuato in North-Central Mexico. It’s said that on that day he rang the bell of his church to gather his parishioners. In a fiery speech he motivated them to finally stand up against the unwanted Head of State. He called for redistribution of land and racial equality. It caused a revolt that within a short time turned into a war that lasted for 11 years until Spain acknowledged Mexico’s independence.
September 16 is now a national holiday, and Hidalgo’s Cry for Independence is commemorated on September 15. At 11 pm the nation’s president steps out on the National Palace’s balcony in Mexico City to ring the original bell, what marks the beginning of the ceremony of El Grito de Dolores. He then shouts the names of the most important heroes of the War of Independence and ends by shouting 3 times Viva México! What is answered by the crowd shouting Viva! He then rings the bell again and waves the Mexican flag. And the fireworks start. A similar celebration occurs at the zócalo in cities all over Mexico, and in Mexican embassies around the world.
Of course, there are also a lot of places to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day in Playa del Carmen. It’s a very fun time to be around and you should definitely visit one of these places:
Playa Palms Beach Hotel – Experience Mexico
At Playa Palms Beach Hotel we celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with a special surprise for our guests. Make sure to pass by our front desk if you’re staying with us! If you’re not a big fan of huge crowds, enjoy the fireworks from your balcony.
La Parilla – Eat Mexican
Start your evening with a Mexican dish at La Parilla, just two blocks from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. Traditionally you eat Chiles en nogada on this day, chile poblano stuffed with meat and dried fruit and topped with a walnut-based cream sauce with pomegranate seeds. Another traditional dish is Pozole, a soupy stew based on white corn kernel and meat.
Plaza 28 de Julio – Be Mexican
The park in front of Playa del Carmen’s City Hall is where Playa del Carmen commemorates El Grito. Expect a huge crowd! Be part of it and feel more Mexican than ever. (On Avenue 15 between Streets 8 and 10)
12th Street – Celebrate like a Mexican
Just around the corner of Playa Palms Beach Hotel, all the 12th street will be filled with cheering and partying people. If you want a very Playa del Carmen version of El Grito, be at La Vaquita. The Grito will be broadcast live from Mexico City and you are in the middle of the party already!
5th Avenue – Take away Mexico
Stroll along the 5th Avenue and cheer along with the crowd. Or stock up on patriotic souvenirs that are sold throughout the month and admire the colorful decorations.
Canibal Royal – Party like a Mexican
Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day on the beach at the Independanza Festival. Doors open at 3 pm with famous DJs such as WhoMadeWho and Rob Garza of The Thievery Corporation.
¡Feliz Día de Independencia! Happy Independence Day!