Mexico and parts of the United States come together to celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Bianca Roman, Reporter

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Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day, it’s actually known as the Battle of Puebla. It is often thought that Mexican Independence Day it is on Cinco de Mayo because of all the advertising it gets from big commercial companies in America however, the real day that Mexico celebrates on is September 16. On that day in 1810, a priest named Miguel Hidalgo gave a very inspiring speech to the people of Mexico in the City of Dolores. He made the first Grito de Dolores, which translates to Cry of Dolores. That led to Mexico rebelling against the control of Spain.

As punishment for rebelling, the Spanish civil government beheaded Hidalgo and displayed his head in Guanajuato. After that José María Morelos took over and helped the army become a bit stronger, but later he was also beheaded like Hidalgo. Later on, in 1821 a Spanish-supporting, Augstín de Iturbide, flipped to become a part of the Mexican independence movement. Iturbide led soldiers into Mexico City and declared Mexico’s independence. Even though Iturbide was a huge part of this, Hidalgo gets more of the recognition. Today all over Mexico and some places in the United States celebrate the Mexican Independence Day with music, food, parties, and family.