After the Queretaro conspiracy was discovered, the priest Miguel Hidalgo Costilla and captains Ignacio Allende and Juan Aldama urged the people of Dolores, Guanajuato to rise up against the authorities of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This event is commemorated every year as the beginning of the process that culminated in Mexico’s independence.

The celebration in Mexico City’s main plaza, the zócalo, will include fireworks and concerts. Around the world, Mexico’s diplomatic representations are also preparing their own celebrations and various iconic locations have joined in the celebration, such as Brussels, where the Manneken Pis has been dressed as a charro, a Mexican horseman.


This year, President Enrique Peña Nieto has invited his cabinet, the diplomatic corps accredited in Mexico, members of civil society, directors of non-governmental organizations, artisans, researchers, activists, entrepreneurs, small-scale farmers, scholarship students and transplant recipients to the National Palace, said his spokesman. The event will take place at 11:00 P.M. President Peña Nieto will walk through the halls of the National Palace to receive the flag from the hands of the Armed Forces. He will then give the call of independence, the grito, from the balcony.