Grito - Mexican Independence Commemoration and Celebration

Join us for the Annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration!

Sunday Sept. 15th, 2019
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
California State University, San Bernardino
Meeting Centers Area - Patio

Cultural performances, Music, and a varied assortment of Mexican Foods will be sold on-site.
Students, Faculty, Staff and Community  Welcome
Event is FREE    -     COMPLIMENTARY Parking in Lot D

Grito - Mexican Independence Day

On this day Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule.

Mariachi bands, Folkloric dancers and local singers and musicians,  and the Mexican Consulate will provide the traditional Independence presentation (Grito)

Food vendors will be on hand to provide great Mexican entrees. 

Come join us for this family-friendly and educational evening, and anticipated yearly event for all to enjoy.

Annually on the evening of September 15th, the night before Mexican Independence Day (September 16), commemorations and re-enactments occur in cities and towns, in every plaza or zócalo all over Mexico; and in Mexican embassies, consulates, and by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans world-wide. It was in 1810 when Father Hidalgo rang his church bell and called upon everyone to fight for liberty. The ensuing war against the Spanish lasted for 10 years, and eventually Mexico won it's independence.
*Not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo, this austere re-enactment ceremony and civic act echoes the bells with which Father Hidalgo called the Mexican people to rebel and fight against Spanish dominance, to establish a new sovereign country.
At around eleven in the evening, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. After the ringing of the bell, he repeats a cry of patriotism (Grito) with the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence who were there on that very historical moment included, and ending with the threefold shout of ¡Viva México! from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world.
In our local Independence Celebration, our own Mexican Consulate also re-enacts the same civic ceremony by ringing a bell and giving the traditional words, with the names of Mexican Independence heroes included, ending with the threefold shout of ¡Viva México! 
In both cases, as world-wide, after each line the crowd responds in return by shouting ¡Viva!  The bell rings for a second time, followed by the waving of the Mexican flag and the singing of the Mexican National Anthem.
Come join in this exciting traditional event with food, music, and live performances; -as well you will be able to watch the live-feed on the large projector screens of the re-enactments and celebrations from the Zócalo in Mexico City, as well as others all over the world.

Sponsors & Partners

  • LEAD
  • Liberal Studies Program
  • Mexican Consulate
  • ASI
  • Housing & Residential Education
  • SMSU LatinX Center
  • Office of the President & Cabinet
  • Cardenas Markets
  • College of Extended & Global Education
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino / Office of Catholic Schools
  • Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Univision
  • Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes
  • Gil Navarro (Non-Attorney Representative)
  • AT&T