El Grito

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

However, the most important day of the year for the Mexican community is September 16th, the day they celebrate their independence! In the early hours of September 16th, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople. He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico's War of Independence. Although the country did not achieve its independence until 1821 this event, known as the Grito de Dolores, is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.

Join us at Charlotte’s only Mexican Independence Day celebration " El Grito Festival".  The event features musical entertainment, cultural dancers, an appearance by the Mexican Consulate, an official Hispanic Heritage Proclamation by the North Carolina Governor and much more!