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How Playa Del Carmen Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Independence Day in Mexico is a very important holiday. It commemorates the rising up against Spain and gaining it’s independence from the crown. It was on September 16th 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bell in the small town of Dolores in the center of Mexico to activate the people. This started the Mexican War of Independence which eventually let to the independence of Mexico in 1821.

Mexican Independence Day in Playa Del Carmen

This holiday is started on the night of the 15th of September every year. Usually at near 11pm these words are ushered

“¡Vivan los heroes que nos dieron patria! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Hidalgo! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Morelos! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Allende! ¡Viva!
¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros! ¡Viva!
¡Viva nuestra independencia! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva! “

Then the fireworks start. This excites the crowd. Stands selling noise makers, hats, flags and anything else patriotic are bought and used for the occasion. The central park in from of City Hall is used for this holiday here in Playa Del Carmen (between 8th St and 10th St and 15th Avenue and 25th Avenue). A large tent is stet-up and the fireworks are launched from the back side of City Hall. Thousands from Playa attend the festivities.

We traveled around Playa Del Carmen to bring you some of the sight of what Mexican Independence Day looks like here. We hope you enjoy seeing these photos. You can see that many people take pride in their country and the life that been created as well as opportunities especially in Playa Del Carmen.

Also see our article on chiles en nogada. A traditional dish in Mexico which is eaten at this time of year and is closely connected to the Mexican Independence Day.

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Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Store front all ready for the Mexican Holiday

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

5th Avenue dressed up outside of Aldea Corazon

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Popular statues dressed up for the holiday.

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

A Mexican flag hangs outside of Quinta Alegria

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

A display at the Palm Hotel.

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Proud Mexican Dad takes picture of kids that are dressed for the holiday.

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Restaurant with Mexican flag and banners.

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Celebrate with a Mexican beer!!

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

A proud Mexican flag waves on the beach.

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Mexican traditional cut paper hangs in The shopping mall Quinta Alegria

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Traditional Mexican cut paper hangs above 5th Avenue

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Supplies for the holiday for sale in Mega

Playa Del Carmen celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Decorations hanging in Dac market.

Independence Day in Playa Del Carmen

La Vaquita Club all decorated.

Independence Day in Playa Del Carmen

Mandala Club decorated.

Playa Del Carmen celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Lights in the Park

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

City Hall awash in lights.

Independence Day in Playa Del Carmen

City hall with lights for the holiday.

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Lights in the park for the holiday.

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Concert and music for thousands on the 15th.

Playa Del Carmen celebrates Mexican Independence Day

A temporary statue of Miguel Hidalgo stands by City Hall

Celebrating Mexican independence day in Playa Del Carmen

Fireworks on the 15th. at 11pm.