Mexican Independence Day Parties in the Riviera Maya

15 Sep

While all my fellow Americans are fast asleep in bed tonight, everyone in Mexico will be partying it up Independence Day style. Here, we don’t just shoot off some fireworks, eat some apple pie and call it a night… oh no. In Mexico, it’s not September 15th if you’re not staying up until the wee hours singing banda music with friends, family, or maybe even several thousand of your closest friends. I mean come on, the party doesn’t even officially start until El Grito just before midnight.

Home to some of the best nightlife in the world, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are no exception.

A local Independence Day show in downtown Cancun

In the early evening most Mexicans spend time with the family, maybe having dinner, going to a bar, or enjoying a local Independence Day show. At midnight, everyone crowds around the radio or TV to hear the president give El Grito. Cheers are made, hugs and kisses are given, and then it’s every man for himself. The older crowd will usually spend the rest of the night chatting, drinking and laughing at a friend’s house, while Cancun’s younger crowd will head out to the clubs in the Hotel Zone (if they’re not there already).

September 15 is a great night to explore Cancun’s Party Center since it fills up with both tourists and locals, all looking to celebrate Independence Day the best way they know how. Music, cheers and the green and red of the Mexican flag all come together in a rush of energy. Nightclubs like Coco Bongo, Dady O and The City host excited locals and visitors, and the thrill in the air becomes contagious. This is the best way to experience Cancun nightlife.

Another great spot to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day is in the laid-back city of Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya, where you’ll find a much more casual vibe along with excited crowds. Fifth Avenue and the surrounding streets overflow with partiers. Here, you can grab a beer at a local store and party in the street with crowds of thousands, or duck into a chic yet laid-back tropical bar to celebrate with your closest friends.

No matter where you are in the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Independence Day, you’ll find exciting parties lasting all night. This is a country that really knows how to celebrate!

**Note: This is a blog hop! Feel free to check out any of the following blogs for more Mexican Independence Day fun! (Listed manually because WordPress is a jerk and won’t let me post the linky… WordPress, I think we need to talk.)

Mexico's El Grito de la Independencia

Celebrating Independence Day Around Mexico

Dolores Hidalgo: Cradle of Mexican Independence

The Story of El Grito and Mexico's Independence Day

United Mexico: Their Independence Day Traditions

16 Tips for a Great Mexican Independence Day

16 Little Known Mexican Facts

The Mexican Tequila Bandera

Viva la Independencia!

Mexican Independence Day Parties in the Riviera Maya

Where to Eat for Fiestas Patrias

10 Ways to Celebrate Mexican Independence

Mexican Independence Day in Cancun



Chiles en Nogada


























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13 Responses to “Mexican Independence Day Parties in the Riviera Maya”

  1. Ang September 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Dude FUN! I hope you have a super fun night – I can’t wait to hear about it and see the pictures!!

  2. Holyoke Home September 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Woot woot! Looks like fun!!!!!

  3. Craig Zabransky September 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    No doubt Cancun throws a good party, and no doubt Mexican’s celebrate their Independence Day. I imagine the combination to be quite a good time. Viva Mexico!
    stay adventurous, Craig

  4. gringation September 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Thanks Ang, Holyoke and Craig! It should be an awesome night 🙂

  5. KfromMichigan September 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Enjoy the fun .. but don’t get wasted! VIVA MEXICO!

  6. Ashlie September 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Nice post Laura! We will be enjoying homemade pozole and caballitos de tequila with the suegros and the rest of the family. Viva Mexico!

  7. Julie M. September 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    That looks like a fun time! Wish I was there to celebrate with you. Have a blast!

  8. CancunCanuck September 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    How was your celebration? Did you whoop it up? 😀

    • gringation September 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

      Nah, just a quiet night with friends. Hope yours was as enjoyable as mine 🙂

  9. Kristi September 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I would love to be in Mexico some Sept 15th for this special holiday!! Looks like a great time!

  10. DM September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    I love reading about other cultures and their ways of celebrating.

  11. Kathryn September 21, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    That looks like an awesome time! Much better than any of my last few New Years! One of my friends had her honeymoon in Riviera Maya and I saw her photos- that place looks incredible!

  12. Ceri September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Awww, I seem to miss all the amazing events in Mexico. I’ll even be arriving one day after Day of the Dead. Oh, well, I guess I can look forward to seeing it all next year. 😀

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