Our big day is NOT Cinco de Mayo 1
Yeah, I know that many people break out the sombreros and the tequila to celebrate the 5th of May (or Cinco de Mayo as it's most commonly known), and think that it's our great Independence holiday. But the reality is that our Independence Day is September 16, the day that marks the beginning of the fight for independence from Spain in 1810, and spearheaded by the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and General Ignacio Allende.
We don't start the day with a Happy Hour 2
Our celebration doesn't begin with one big happy hour, but instead with the ceremony "El Grito" which starts each year at 11 p.m. the night of September 15. All the heads of power come out on to the balcony of the governmental palace or the national palace carrying the Mexican flag to deliver a message that represents the call that priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla made all those years ago to his followers to rebel against the reign of Spain.
Speedy Gonzales is not a national hero 3
On this day we don't celebrate Speedy Gonzales, Cantinflas or el Chavo del Ocho; we do, however, celebrate our actual national independence heroes, who are mainly, the priest Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, José María Morelos y Pavón, Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, Ignacio Allende, Juan Aldama, and Mariano Matamoros, who in fact are cheered each year during our traditional Grito de Dolores ceremony.
We celebrate with fireworks too! 5
The end of the El Grito ceremony on September 15 gives way to a huge outdoor festival that includes folkloric music and an amazing display of fireworks, just like the one done for the United State's own Independence Day celebrations. The only difference is that our party lasts all night! A showy military party starts up the next morning on September 16!