From the central balcony of the National Palace, President Peña Nieto, accompanied by his wife, Angelica Rivera de Peña, cheered the heroes who gave us a country and freedom:

“Mexicans, long live the heroes who gave us a country and freedom. Long live Hidalgo. Long live Morelos. Long live Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez! Long live Allende! Long live Aldama! Long live Galeana! Long live Morelos! Long live Guerrero! Long live National Independence! Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico!”

Subsequently, the president and his wife, accompanied by their children, witnessed the fireworks that concluded the popular festival to commemorate the anniversary of Mexican Independence.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the legislative and judicial branches of government; the legal and extended cabinet; the government staff, and representatives of political parties and the diplomatic corps accredited in Mexico.

After the ceremony, President Enrique Peña Nieto and his family withdrew from the National Palace.