In the US, many celebrate Cinco de Mayo but this really is not Mexico’s Independence Day.  It is September 16th but the celebration starts on the evening of the 15th with “El Grito de Dolores”.

El Grito de Dolores is re-enacted by the current President of Mexico.  He rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City then recites a cry of patriotism, ending with ¡Viva Mexico!  The phrase is commonly used to express love for the country.  Re-enactments occur all over the country by officials of towns and cities including Ensenada.  

On the 16th, Mexican flags are flown and there are parades, festivals, parties including more.

This year also included the arrival of the replica of the San Salvador Galleon from San Diego, California.  This was in preparation for the 476th anniversary of the arrival of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo to the Bay of Ensenada on September 17, 1542.

The replica was built in 2016 and regularly docks at the port terminal in San Diego, and for the first time in Ensenada from the 16th through the 20th of September.

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