Diez y Seis de Septiembre, or the 16th of September, in 1810 was a brand new day for Mexico, marking the launch of Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain. Miguel Hidalgo de Costilla led the first large revolutionary force against the Spaniards, leading men, women and children around Mexico to celebrate the holiday, which is similar to July 4 in the U.S. Knowing how to do it right, Old Mesilla brings out the festivities each year to celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the Mesilla Plaza. With folklorico dances, mariachi music and authentic Mexican cuisine, the festival brings in tourists from around the world.
When: Weekend closest to September 16
Where: Mesilla Plaza