Independence Day is one of Mexico’s biggest and most-proud-to-be-Mexican of holidays.
Celebrating the 1821 independence of Mexico from Spanish rule, Ajijic’s fiestas patrias can last for up to a week, encompassing the Regata de Globos the weekend before, plus events on days before and after the September 16 holiday.
Be sure to visit the Ajijic plaza after 10 p.m. on September 15 for the recital of El Grito de Dolores by the town’s delegado (the closest thing to a mayor that the town has).
This recital occurs all over Mexico at the same time on Independence Day Eve: delegados, mayors and even the president reciting the famous battle cry that Hidalgo gave in 1810, which stirred the people into battle and eventually led to the independence of a nation.
2018 Independence Day Celebrations in Ajijic
The Independence Day celebrations in Ajijic last around a week, starting with the Regata de Globos the weekend before.
Here is the 2018 schedule:
September 16 Parade Route
The Independence Day parade starts at 10 a.m. on the street Constitución, near where the bottom of the weekly tianguis (market day) is held. It ends about an hour later at the plaza.
Last updated April 27, 2019