JOIN US TO CELEBRATE
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!
San Antonio’s annual celebration of the independence of Mexico from Spain will once again take place at Historic Market Square on September 15-16, 2018. This family-oriented celebration is free and open to the public. Special programming includes live Mexican music, Folklorico dancers, as well as food and crafts vendor booths. The event is highlighted by “El Grito” civic ceremony, presided over by the Honorable Reyna Torres Mendivil, Consul General de México.
The history of El Grito begins in the 1500s when Spain arrived in México and claimed the land as theirs. As time moved on, the citizens of México and the Tejanos felt abused and neglectead by the Spanish crown. By the year 1810, it was time to reclaim their land. On September 15th, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the village of Dolores, rang the bells of his church.
“El Grito” is known as “the cry,” referring to the church bells that signified a call to action toward independence. This day remains an integral part of Mexican history and tradition. It marked the first move toward Mexican independence from Spain, launching the Mexican War of Independence. Today, it’s considered a patriotic holiday traditionally celebrated by parades, concerts, marching bands and other special programs. ¡Viva México!