There’s a widespread misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. It is not. It’s today, September 16.
It was on this day in 1810, that Mexico began a war against colonial masters led by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who some say around 6 AM, signaled the beginning of the rebellion to rid the peasants of Spanish oppression with a ‘El Grito De Independencia’ or the cry for independence.
You may see this celebration take place over two days, September 15 and 16, because some claim the call to war took place around midnight, allowing for this traditional patriotic event to begin celebrations a day early — and for Mexicans to have a a longer celebration.