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Where to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in New York and Las Vegas

Where to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in New York and Las Vegas

Every day’s a good day for a margarita, but these are some great specials

Chiles en Nogada is a traditional Mexican dish that includes poblano peppers stuffed with picadillo, meat, aromatics, fruits, spices and a cream sauce made from walnuts and pomegranate seeds.

Get ready to kick back with some tequila and Mexican food! Starting on September 12th until the 16th, restaurants across the country will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day. The holiday, known as El Grito, symbolizes the culture and history recognizing Mexico’s independence from Spain. To remember those who fought in the war, cities such as New York and Las Vegas are hosting events specializing in Mexican food and drinks.

Here’s what to expect from these two cities.

New York: Rosa Mexicano will feature a special menu for the holiday that includes a traditional dish. Chiles en Nogada ($17) are “poblano peppers filled with picadillo, a mixture of shredded meat, aromatics, fruits and spices, topped with a walnut- based cream sauce and pomegranate seeds.” Dos Caminos will feature traditional food and drinks and also offer a unique cooking class. Executive chef Ivy Stark from Dos Caminos will sign copies of his book and lead the class in making Mexico City- style dishes and cocktails.

Las Vegas: Border Grill will host “tequila-paired dinners” for “authentic Oaxacan and Michoacan flavors of Mexico.” Chef Minor will create cocktails using French oak barrels to highlight the special aromas and flavors of the tequilas. At Tacos & Tequila, Chef Saul Ortiz will have specials such as street tacos using “lengua (tongue), buche (tripe), and chapulin (grasshoppers).” He will also create a cocktail menu using Cazadores tequila and Dos Equis. And to top off the celebration, Enrique Iglesias will be performing at The Cosmopolitan. The after party will also be held there and will feature Mexican Chinese cuisine by chef Jose Andres.

All events are limited and require an admission fee. They can be found at the restaurant’s or venue’s home page.


13 Ways To Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas

Las Vegas celebrates Mexican Independence Day today with food specials all over the city. The day commemorates Sept. 16, 1810, the day Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla urged Mexicans to rise up against the Spanish-born ruling class. Here’s a look at 13 ways to celebrate all over Las Vegas.

FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARSBorder Grill makes a full day of its brunch with a fiesta from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Executive Chef Jaime Covarrubias and Border Grill founders Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken created these two dozen dishes for $34.99 per person. Dine on Peruvian shrimp and grits with aji panca salsa, roasted green chile and creamy parmesan grits pigs in a blanket featuring chorizo wrapped in puff pastry with sesame, manchengo sauce and mustard Yucatan eggs Benedict made with a fresh manchengo cheese biscuit topped with achiote roasted pork, Hollandaise and pickled onions steak and egg featuring a cumin grilled skirt steak, over easy egg, crispy poblano hash browns and cascabel aioli and churro tots combining dulce de leche infused churros, cinnamon sugar and chocolate ganache. Bottomless mimosas go for $10 per person. [EaterWire]

COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGASChina Poblano celebrates during lunch and dinner through Sept. 22 with chile en nogada, a poblano pepper stuffed with ground pork, pine nuts and apples, served in a creamy sauce of walnuts and goat cheese topped with fresh pomegranate seeds. Cocktail specials include the Tres Caminos with tequila blanco, averna, mandarin and lime, agave for $16 Paloma de Oro with tequila reposado, grapefruit, ancho reyes, vanilla, lime and cava for $16 and El Amor with tequila reposado, mezcal, prickly pear, lime and agave for $16. Food specials include Flautas de Pato con Mole Mihuateco with duck confit, mole mihuateco, crema and pickled onion for $12 Menudo Norteno with honeycomb tripe, spicy pork broth, hominy and chile serrano for $12 Pollo con Mole Poblano with half confit Cornish hen, mole poblano, rice and plantains for $11 and more. [EaterWire]

BOULDER STATION — Today at the Railhead find Super Bailongo a la Mexican hosted by La Caliente 98.9 FM with free tequila shots for the first 100 guests and the hottest couple dance contest with a total of $1,000 in prizes. The winning couple will get $500, the second $300 and the third $200. Live music with the "Los Metichones Band" and Dj Leo. Doors open at 10 p.m., $10 cover for all men, ladies only $5 after midnight. Must be 21 and over, drink specials all night long. Cabo has all-you-can-eat tacos on Tuesdays through Oct. 15. Find three street tacos for $5, $2 churros or nachos and drink specials on the Taco Car. [EaterWire]

FIESTA RANCHOClub Tequila hosts a Latin Night with live music with the band "El Pelón y Su Puro Nivel" and Dj Paco on Saturday. Free tequila shots for the first 100 guests and the hottest couple dance contest with a total of $1,000 in prizes. The winning couple will get $500, the second $300 and the third $200 hosted by La Buena 101.9 FM. Doors open at 10:30 p.m., $10 cover for all men, ladies $10 after midnight. Must be 21 and over, drink specials all night long. Garduños Mexican Restaurant has all-you-can-eat tacos and margaritas for $19.99 Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m.[EaterWire]

TEXAS STATION — Through Oct. 15 find a mariachi playing from 6 to 10 p.m., and look for the Taco Car offering three street tacos for $5, $2 churros, $2 nachos and drink specials on Fridays. [EaterWire]

BOCA PARKHussong’s Cantina celebrates its first anniversary with a two-day fiesta with food and drink specials on Friday and Saturday. Guests land all-day fiesta-inspired specials on Friday, Sept. 16, such as $3 tacos, $5 nachos, $18 bottomless mimosas, along with the restaurant’s happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring $1 bottomless chips and salsa bar, $3 guacamole, $3 queso bean dip, $5 quesadillas and much more. On Saturday, guests can imbibe in one of Hussong’s drink specials including $3 lager amber draft, $3 Dos Equis and $3 Sauza Blue tequila shots. In addition, guests can listen to the sounds of rock-n-roll mariachi's from 6 to 10 p.m. [EaterWire]

THE LINQChayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar celebrates Mexican Independence weekend through Sunday with $3 street tacos, $4 Mexican street corn, $6 Patrón shots and $6 tall boys of beer. Daily specials include happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., where patrons can cheers to two-for-one well drinks, $4 draft beers and two-for-one Chayo margaritas. [EaterWire]

MIRACLE MILE SHOPSCabo Wabo Cantina celebrates Mexican Independence Day with a guacamole trio on Friday. Find three guacamoles featuring blue crab and micro greens guacamole a guacamole topped with crispy applewood-smoked bacon and a jicama and cucumber guacamole, all for $15.95. Cabo Wabo also has a half-off happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with half-off all appetizers, house margaritas, sangria, draft beer and shots of Cabo Wabo tequila. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN SUMMERLINPancho’s Mexican Restaurant has a specialty Sweet with Heat Guacamole today with serrano chilies and chunks of mango tossed with Pancho’s signature handmade guacamole and served with tostaditas for $13.95 for lunch and $14.95 for dinner. The guacamole is also offered at a half-portion for two people, priced at $7.95. [EaterWire]

MANDALAY PLACEHussong's Cantina celebrates Mexican Independence Day on Friday with food and drink specials throughout the day. Guests can order 16-ounce beers for $4, pitchers for $15 or draft towers for $24. Featured beers include Corona Light, Modelo and Pacifico.Rock-n-roll mariachi perform from 6 to 10 p.m. [EaterWire]

ALIANTE CASINOThe Salted Lime celebrates Mexican Independence Day today with chicken fajitas, for $9.99, along with house margaritas, priced at $3 each. [EaterWire]


Top Places to Celebrate the Independence Day of Mexico

We’re practically on national holidays and many want to plan an outing with the family, here you will find the most symbolic places with some tips for an unforgettable Independence Day of Mexico on this September 15 and 16.

Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato

This is a magical city and the top place to celebrate the Independence Day of Mexico because it is the city where the night of September 15, the father Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called the people from the parish of Dolores to take up arms and began the struggle for Independence.

Nothing could be more symbolic, to celebrate outside the parish where this great event originally took place.

In this city you can take a tour in a bus to know the colonial city and the parish, also you can visit the Museo Casa Hidalgo is the house in which the priest lived and was declared a National Monument. Also visit the Museum of Independence, the Mexican author José Alfredo Jimenez Museum, the Mausoleum, La Hacienda de la Erre, House of visits (Baroque style, this is the place where leaders and officials stay) & Crafts (Here you can find potters and ceramists that are distinctive of Guanajuato).

Also you can eat delicious mexican food like mole or chiles rellenos. For dessert enjoy an ice cream of different flavors like exotic cactus, avocado, tequila or mezcal.

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

This city retains a colonial style, in one of his old but elegant mansions born the right arm of Hidalgo: General Ignacio Allende.

At night on the Independence Day of Mexico, hundreds of visitors gather in the main square to hear (around 10:30) the “Independence scream” given by the mayor of the city.

In 1810, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, wife of the mayor of the city, discovered the conspiracy against the colonial governor, and sent a letter to Father Miguel Hidalgo. Because of this, he rang the bells of the parish and took up arms early on September 16.

The tourist sites are: the house of the magistrate in the city center, the Aqueduct, the Cathedral (Temple of San Felipe Neri) and the Theatre of the Republic.

In Queretaro there are beautiful colonial hotels and exquisite cuisine. You can not miss the fireworks show projected from across the historic center for the Independence Day of Mexico.

In this city, Miguel Hidalgo on September 28, 1810, sent a letter of intimidation to the mayor of the city to deliver the square. As he did not have an answer, he decided to conquer by force and start the first battle, known as “the taking of the Alhóndiga”.

The main tourist sites are: Juarez Theater, the Kiss Alley, the Plaza de la Paz, the Mummy Museum, La Valenciana (church), among others.

Being here, you can not miss the Museum of Independence, located in the center and take the opportunity to buy crafts typical of Guanajuato. The festivities take place in all the alleys of the city, but especially in the Jardin Union, the main rallying point.

Mexico City

During the celebrations for the Independence Day of Mexico in September, this city gets completely different, the main buildings around the Zocalo become a spectacle of lights and Paseo de la Reforma is illuminated with patriotic colors.

On September 15 the President gives “The Scream” from the balcony of the National Palace, accompanied by a festival of lights, fireworks and music with mariachi. All bars and restaurants in town join the celebration.

The next day the military parade performance starts from the Zocalo and ends at the National Auditorium.

The main tourist sites are: Historical Center, Chapultepec Park, Xochimilco and colonies Roma-Condesa, Polanco, More Info…

I recommend the Grand Hotel of Mexico, from there you can enjoy dinner while you watch the whole event from the unique view of the Zocalo restaurant. How to get there

Puebla, Puebla.

Beautiful hotels in Puebla are a reason to go for a few days and especially during the Independence Day of Mexico weekend bridge by its colonial style and the beautiful views of Popocatepetl. The historic center of the city has been declared a World Heritage Site for its architectural beauty.

Besides the Cathedral, you must know the Artist Quarter, which is surrounded by a creative magic

Las Vegas, United States

If you prefer to take your national pride abroad, then Las Vegas, Nevada is the perfect choice for you!


Go to Las Vegas for the Independence Day of Mexico is tradition for many Mexicans who manage this city put on the national colors during the weekend. In addition, Mexican music is well represented with Mexican artists like Alejandro Fernandez, Carlos Santana, Lila Downs, Marco Antonio Solis, Luis Miguel and there is even an international mariachi festival.

On the other hand, it is a tradition that at this time, or even the same September 15, a boxing match in which a Mexican defends the sport is held.

Therefore, the Independence Day of Mexico is to Las Vegas and its visitors the opportunity to celebrate and honor the cultural heritage of Mexico in a dynamic and fun way.

Xcaret, Quintana Roo.

If you have decided that Cancun and the Riviera Maya is your destination for the Independence Day of Mexico, we recommend that you spend a whole day and enjoy a park with water activities in addition to its main theme the traditions of our country. September is the cheapest month to visit Cancun, so get advantage of it!

You do not want miss the spectacular show that will beat Mexico pride to your heart.


Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Weekend at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts


Festive drink deals, premiere entertainment and lively celebrations will be offered all weekend long in honor of Mexican Independence Dayweekend. Spice up the holiday weekend with a variety of specials (Pictured: Trash Can Nachos at Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino)

CAESARS PALACE

Kick off Mexican Independence Day weekend with Luis Miguel at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace as part of his ¡México Por Siempre! tour. One of the most successful artists in Latin American history, Luis Miguel will return to The Colosseum for an impressive ninth year as part of his successful tour named after his most recent studio album.

  • Showtimes: Sept. 13 and 14, 8:30 p.m.
  • Tickets:Tickets are available at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763, or online atthecolosseum.comorticketmaster.com. For groups of 10 or more call 866-574-3851 or email [email protected] .
  • Pricing: Tickets start at $75. Additional service fees apply.

Dance the night away with Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Enrique Iglesias has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, released ten studio albums plus two greatest hits compilations, and is a multiplatinum artist in almost every country around the world. Undeniably the biggest Latin recording artist in music history, Enrique has 31 #1 singles on the Billboard Latin Songs Chart and multiple #1’s across all the Billboard charts with a combined total of 105.

  • Showtimes: Sept. 15 and 16, 8 p.m.
  • Tickets:Tickets are available at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763, or online atthecolosseum.comorticketmaster.com. For groups of 10 or more call 866-574-3851 or email [email protected] .
  • Pricing: Tickets start at $46. Additional service fees apply.

Celebrate at the outdoor bar, Spanish Steps, with a DJ, carnival games, specialty Don Julio 1942 Truck, foosball, a dunk tank and giveaways. Indulge at the taco cart and enjoy drink specials Sept. 13 through 16.

VISTA Cocktail Lounge, Alto Bar and Lobby Bar will offer drink specials in honor of the holiday. Sip on the “Paloma” made with Don Julio Blanco, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, agave nectar and Squirt soda, “Blood & Sand” with Johnnie Walker Black, Dolin Rouge, fresh orange juice and Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, “El Burro” complete with Cîroc, lemon juice, simple syrup and ginger beer, “Viva Las Wages” made with Cîroc and Red Bull Orange Edition, “Malibu Sunset” with Malibu Coconut Rum, Bacardi Banana, coconut water, pineapple juice, simple syrup and soda water, Hennessy mojitos and cocktails and more. There will also be a DJ and go-go dancers from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at VISTA and Alto Bar on Sept. 13 through Sept. 16. VIP table packages starting at $300 can be purchased at caesarspalace.com.

Looking to relax and enjoy the finer things in life? Visit Montecristo Cigar Bar for luxury cigars and fine whiskeys during the holiday weekend. There will be drink specials and a cigar roller on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16.

HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS

For Mexican Independence Day weekend, Harrah’s Las Vegas will get into the spirit with mariachi bands throughout the property. Enjoy traditional music as well as drink specials on tequila, beer and more all weekend long.

Visit Carnaval Court for free, live entertainment, drink specials, games and more beginning on Friday, Sept. 14.

Stop by Oyster Bar for specialty tostada mixta ceviche and specials on ceviche oysters. Oyster bar will also offer specials on Modelo, Michelada Corona and Tequila Herradura for the holiday weekend.

THE LINQ HOTEL & CASINO

Celebrate with drink specials at O’Sheas Casino all weekend long. Specials include:

Miller Lite or Coors Light Drafts for $3, Jell-O Shots for $3, shots of Jameson, Patron Reposado, Fireball or Jägermeister for $5 and assorted craft beers for $4.

THE LINQ PROMENADE

Looking for an outdoor celebration? Visit The LINQ Promenade for traditional Mariachi bands and dancers on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be live mural painting by Mexican-American artist Alexander Sky from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Catch a live performance by Mexican-American artist Olmeca, who will perform with his band and folkloric dancers on Sept. 16 from 8 to 10 p.m. at The LINQ Promenade Fountain Stage. Olmeca is a bilingual hip-hop artist who has written music for TV shows like “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Mayans.” He has also collaborated with Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli and more.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO

In a spectacular show created just for the Vegas stage, Jennifer Lopez lights up Zappos Theater with her first ever headlining residency“JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE,” exclusively at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Recently voted “Best Production Show” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, this spectacular show features Jennifer Lopez’s hit songs including “On The Floor,” “Jenny From The Block,” “Get Right” and “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.” A truly unique production supported by a five-piece live band and 16 dancers, showcasing extravagant costumes and state-of-the-art technology in sets, lighting, video and special effects, the audience experiences Lopez up close and personal, yet larger than life. Seamlessly interweaving different parts of the life of Jennifer Lopez – the Actress, the Dancer, the Pop Star – Lopez’s Las Vegas show truly portrays who she is, where she’s been and where she’s going.

  • Showtimes: Sept. 14, 15, 16 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: Tickets and packages are available online at www.JLoVegas.com or in-person at Zappos Theater Box Office. For groups of 10 or more call 866-574-3851 or email [email protected] .
  • Pricing: Tickets start at $59. Additional service fees apply.

The all-in-Spanish show Ilusión Mental at Sin City Theater transports audiences into a realm of infinite possibilities. Enter a new universe with Santiago Michel, your guide through the secret doorways and hidden passages of the human mind. Fresh from a slate of performances in Mexico and Russia, 24-year-old Santiago reinvigorates the modern Las Vegas stage show with his elegant showmanship and uncanny charm. A 65-minute all-ages performance, directed by Alain Bellon and produced by Tobias Cannon, Ilusión Mental (an anagram for “Une Mil Latinos”) casts the mind of the audience as the hero of the story unfolding onstage. Santiago Michel offers a rare and compelling glimpse into the supernatural.

  • Showtimes: Thursday, Saturday – Monday, 5:30 p.m. There will be an additional 5:30 p.m. performance on Sept. 14.
  • Tickets: Tickets are available at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office, by calling at 702-777-2782 or 855-234-7469 or online atwww.planethollywoodresort.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For groups of 10 or more call 866-574-3851 or email [email protected] .
  • Pricing: Tickets range in price from $59.81 to $73.80. Additional service fees apply. All ages welcome. Children under the age of 1 who are sitting on the lap of a parent/guardian do not need a ticket. All other children do need a ticket.

Amara La Negra will turn up the heat at The Scene Pool Deck at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, Sept. 15. Partygoers can enjoy Mountain Dew Ice signature drink specials and an all-day party at the rooftop pool.

RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO

Craving delicious Mexican fare? Indulge at Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho with Guy’s take on traditional Mexican dishes. Treat yourself with the trash can nachos or enjoy classic guacamole – perfect for National Guacamole Day on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Trash Can Nachos at Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino


Hundreds celebrate 5 de Mayo at Las Vegas festival while, for many Mexicans, it's just another day

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — When you think of Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas, eating, drinking and having fun come to mind. Many people, regardless of their country of origin, use the day to celebrate Mexican influence and contributions to the United States.

However, for some Mexican families, it’s just another day.

That’s because 5 de Mayo, also known in Mexico as the Battle of Puebla Day, commemorates how Mexican troops defeated the French Army in Puebla, Mexico, in 1862 -- not Mexican Independent Day as many people in the U.S. believe.

“It means, to be perfectly honest with you, a day that Americans celebrate us," said Mario Trejo Sr., a music teacher who’s been in the country for more than 30 years.

"As a Mexican growing up in Mexico, 5 de Mayo was never really celebrated," he explained. "It was more Mexican independence, September 16."

"Any opportunity or any excuse we can have for gatherings and for having a good time with our family members is welcome," he said. "If it's 6 de Mayo, 3rd of May, or 17th of February -- I don't really care, as long as families gather together."

The consul of Mexico in Las Vegas, Julian Escutia, explains why Cinco de Mayo is wildly celebrated on this side of the border.

"The Chicano movement really felt that this celebration characterized them for their resilience because of persistence as well," he said. "We stopped the French intervention in the Americas. President Lincoln was very thankful to Mexico because we stopped them."

While its popularity in the U.S. can also be credited to American companies looking to sell more products, the day has also become a way to embrace Mexican culture.

“It’s just another opportunity to show how much we contribute to this country and how proud we are of our ancestors and our roots, “ said Escutia.

Many Las Vegas area families celebrated at the East Las Vegas Community Center and enjoyed Mexican traditional dances, mariachi music and lots of food.

Some also got their COVID-19 shot as walks-in appointments were accepted.

If you're celebrating tonight, great Mexican food, awesome music and refreshing drinks are certainly part of the equation. Just remember, to celebrate safely: don't drink and drive, and wear a mask and keep your distance.


11 parties, specials for Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas

Taco Bell was voted the best Mexican restaurant in the country in a recent Harris Poll study. But to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, we figure you can do better that that.

Taco Bell was voted the best Mexican restaurant in the country in a recent Harris Poll study. But to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, we figure you can do better that that. Here are a selection of food specials around the valley this weekend:

Beer Park, Paris Las Vegas: Roaming cart serving chicken, pork and carne asada tacos with onion, cilantro and salsa, $5 each, Sunday. Mexican-Style Dog, which is a Bavarian-style sausage wrapped in bacon with jalapeno, onion and mayo, $10.95.

Borracha Mexican Cantina, Green Valley Ranch: Mexican Independence Day party with Avion margaritas, $5, Avion Tequinis, $8 and a live DJ after 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Cabo Wabo Cantina, Miracle Mile Shops: Traditional Mexican parrillada grilled platter with barbecued pork ribs, carne asada, achiote chicken and chorizo with grilled onions, jalapenos, rice, beans and flour tortillas, $28.95 per person or $46.95 per couple, Friday through Sunday.

El Dorado Cantina: Tableside guacalmole, $10 and tricolor tequila flights, $15, Friday through Sunday.

El Tiempo Fiesta Latino Parade & Festival, Craig Ranch Regional Park, North Las Vegas: Food trucks and other vendors, live entertainment and kids’ zone. Vegas Golden Knights Drumbots will kick off the parade there also will be a hockey area where kids can learn to play.

Flour & Barley, Linq Promenade: Loaded Ranchero Pizza made with ranchero salsa, ground beef, black beans, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, olives and sour cream drizzle, $19, through Monday.

Juniper Cocktail Lounge, Park MGM: Gracias a Dios Mezcal-based Paloma available only from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

Libertine Social, Mandalay Bay: Holiday-themed food and drink specials including taco cart on the patio with house-made carnitas tacos, $4, and drink specials including Palomas, $10 Batangas, $10 and bottled cerveza and Squirt soda, $5, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Downtown Summerlin: Half-priced tequila shots from 3 p.m. until closing Sunday. Happy hour drink deals and discounted select appetizers from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the cantina.

Pinches Tacos: Fight Night after party will feature a special appearance by Lawrence King, mariachi music from 9:30-11:30 on Sunday.


Mexico, once known as New Spain, was a colony harshly ruled by the kingdom of Spain for over 300 years. The native population was oppressed, farmland and personal wealth were confiscated and only Spaniards were allowed to hold political posts. Finally, a Catholic priest in the town of Dolores named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla had enough.

On September 16, 1810, he rang his church’s bell and delivered a speech now known as the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), demanding the end of Spanish rule. This started the brutal Mexican War of Independence, which lasted over a decade. On August 24, 1821, Spain withdrew and officially recognized Mexico as an independent country. Today, Father Costilla is known as the Father of Mexican Independence. Mexican Independence Day has been celebrated every year since that momentous day on September 16, 1810.

Mexican Independence Day has developed into a huge nationwide celebration over the past 200-plus years. The country’s leaders were inspired by our own July 4 Independence Day festivities, so fireworks fill the skies at night and the day is filled with patriotic speeches, flag-waving, parades, live music, and home-cooked feasts. Red, white and green — the colors of the Mexican flag — are seen everywhere across Mexico and even cities in the USA with big Mexican populations.

One of the most popular events connected to Mexican Independence Day is when the President of Mexico rings the 200-year-old bell Father Costilla used in 1810 and recites the Grito de Dolores speech in front of 500,000 people. This event is broadcasted live to millions via Mexican TV and radio on the evening of September 15.

Many people outside of Mexico think that Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo are the same things. Cinco de Mayo celebrates another victory when the outnumbered Mexican army defeated the powerful French militia in 1862 during the Battle of Puebla.


Celebrities pack Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas never needs an excuse to party, and as an entertainment oasis a short trip from Mexico, the city will roll out the red, white and green carpet starting Friday to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

A premier boxing match, a bell-ringing ceremony and more than a dozen performances by Latin megastars, including Ricky Martin and Alejandro Fernandez, were expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, making the weekend once again one of Sin City's busiest.

The holiday, often mistaken in the U.S. for Cinco de Mayo, over time has become a star-studded celebration of Hispanic culture.

"It has developed over two decades or more to become a staple. Las Vegas has the 'ambiente' - the fun, the excitement - all year long, and then you bring in Alejandro Fernandez, Pepe Aguilar and the ones who have the residencies like Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez," said Rafael Villanueva, senior director of international business sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The celebration is so much wider it includes those superstars who aren't Mexican, including Martin and Lopez, who both have Puerto Rican roots.

"If you talk to many people in Mexico, they'll say if we are not going to the Ciudad de Mexico, we are coming to Las Vegas because of all the fun and all the entertainment," he said.

The holiday on Saturday marks Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla's call to arms that sparked the Mexican uprising against Spanish rulers in 1810. The rebel priest was killed the next year, but his words, known as the "Cry of Dolores" or "Grito de Dolores," eventually led to independence from Spain in 1821.

What started as private entertainment shows for high rollers from Latin America has evolved into one of the city's busiest weekends, with companies booking performers a year in advance and airlines adding direct flights from Mexico.

The concert lineup aims to appeal to a range of musical tastes and generations and includes Marc Anthony, Ricardo Arjona, Emmanuel, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Santana, Mana, Marco Antonio Solis, Jesse and Joy, Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman.

"Probably over the past 15-20 years, we have really embraced the holiday, bringing top-level, A-level acts and fights," said Sid Greenfeig, vice president of entertainment and booking for MGM Resorts International, which is hosting seven shows and a megaboxing match across its properties. "We look definitely at diversity within the artists, and having arenas and large venues, we also look at acts that can fill these rooms."

San Diego resident Esthela Pedrin is seeing Fernandez's yearly Mexican Independence Day concert Friday for the 10th time. With so many options to choose from, she said she's having a difficult time picking a Saturday concert to attend.

"I love celebrating it in Las Vegas, especially because so many people from all over our country of Mexico gather there," said Pedrin, a dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S. "(Fernandez) brings out the flag. We all sing."

The city's signature offering is a boxing match. So much so, Floyd Mayweather Jr., before he retired, made Mexican Independence Day his own holiday, fighting multiple times over the years. Promoters have traditionally offered fights featuring Mexican boxers on the El Grito and Cinco de Mayo weekends.

Mexico's popular Saul "Canelo" Alvarez squares off Saturday against Gennady Golovkin in a long-anticipated middleweight bout at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena.

For the past three years, the tourist bureau's occupancy rate records show hotels reached above 96 percent capacity during the three-day period associated with the holiday. In 2016, 98.4 percent of the city's 149,000 hotel and motel rooms were booked, making it the year's fourth busiest weekend.

The festivities begin Friday night with a celebratory ringing of a bell by Mexican Consul Alejandro Madrigal Becerra at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Hidalgo, the rebel priest, rang a bell when he gave his famous speech, and Mexico's president does it in Mexico City every year.

Mariachi bands will perform at casino-resorts, including one from a high school that will welcome travelers at the airport Friday. Properties, of course, will serve Mexican food and tequila.

"This is basically a citywide event that is anchored on entertainment plus, typically, the biggest fight of the year," said Fedor Banuchi, vice president of entertainment at The Cosmopolitan, whose theater will host two concerts. "We provide something for everyone because really the Mexican Independence Day holiday has become so large and so popular that we need to be mindful of all the different groups that come."


2018 Mexican Independence Day celebrations in Las Vegas

The following is a list of Mexican Independence Day 2018 celebrations in Las Vegas:

BEER PARK AT PARIS LAS VEGAS
The Strip-side restaurant will offer street tacos and live entertainment to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, Sept. 16. Carne asada, pork and chicken street tacos will be available from a roaming taco cart for $5 each. A Mexican-style hot dog made with a bacon-wrapped Bavarian sausage and topped with onion, mayonnaise, and jalapeño will also be available. Billiards and foosball will be entertainment options in the oversized yard.

CABO WABO CANTINA AT MIRACLE MILE SHOPS
Executive Chef Tacho Kneeland will create a traditional Mexican grilled platter with BBQ pork ribs, carne asada, achiote chicken and chorizo. This Viva Mexico special will be served with grilled onions, jalapeños, flour tortillas, rice, and beans. Individual price is $28.95 and $46.95 for two people. Drink selections include Cabo Wabo’s house margaritas, including the CW Margarita, made with Cabo Wabo tequila and grand mariner, priced at $13 the Cocorita, made with Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila, lime juice, crème of coconut, rimmed with freshly toasted coconut, priced at $14. These offers are available from Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16.

CAESARS PALACE
Kick off Mexican Independence Day weekend with Luis Miguel, one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace as part of his ¡México Por Siempre! tour. The performance will be at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 with tickets starting at $75. Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias also performs at The Colosseum with showtimes at 8 p.m. Sept. 15-16 with tickets starting at $46.

CRAZY HORSE III
Adult film star Vicki Chase is scheduled to host a Mexican Independence Day Bash. Chase is best known for appearing in over 150 featured adult videos with the party starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

CONTAINER PARK
Shout it out loud in honor of Mexican Independence Day and ‘El Grito’ on Friday, Sept. 14 with Metalachi - the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band. The free event runs from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. with additional entertainment by Danny Lozada and the Latin Fusion Band along with DJ Bad Antikz closing out the evening. Drink specials on The Lawn will feature $5 Espolon tequila shots, $6 Corona and Modelo drafts, $9 Palomas, $10 Cadillac Margarita and Tequila Sunrise cocktails.

EL DORADO CANTINA
Cheers to National Guacamole Day and Mexican Independence Day with food and drink specials available starting Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Guacamole lovers can choose from four tableside guacamole dishes, created by Executive Chef Francisco "Paco" Cortes, for $10. A Tricolor Tequila Flight will also be created in honor of Mexican Independence Day for $15 featuring red, white and green distinct tequila tastings.

FLOUR & BARLEY - BRICK OVEN PIZZA LAS VEGAS
In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Flour & Barley will be offering a Loaded Ranchero Pizza made with ranchero salsa, ground beef, black beans, cheddar cheese, Pico de Gallo, olives and sour cream drizzle for $19. The pizza will be available from Sept. 11-17.


Plácido Domingo, the king of opera, heads to Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day

Plácido Domingo performs in Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day.

One of the world’s most renowned tenors will visit Las Vegas to help celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

Placido Domingo, opera star, conductor and director of the Los Angeles Opera, will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Domingo has performed for more than half a century, with more than 800 performances at the Metropolitan Opera alone. He has sung more than 145 roles, both as tenor and baritone, with more than 3,500 career performances and more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets and crossover discs.

Over the course of his career, he has earned 12 Grammy Awards, including three Latin Grammys, and he has made more than 50 music videos.

His appearances with his colleagues Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in the now legendary The Three Tenors concerts perhaps gave him the most fame in his career.

Domingo has conducted more than 500 opera performances and symphonic concerts with the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, LA Opera, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, among others.

Newsweek and other international publications have fittingly described Domingo as “the King of Opera,” “a true renaissance man in music,” and “the greatest operatic artist of modern times.”

Tickets start at $79.50 and go on sale on Friday, June 26.
Tickets: The Colosseum, (866) 320-9763

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