Mexican Independence Day is not Cinco de Mayo, as most Americans believe; it is the 16th of September or Dieciseis de Septiembre. Five other Hispanic countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, celebrate their independence on September 15. September was Latino Heritage Month in LA, but that has now shifted to October, so there are plenty of reasons to celebrate all things Latino in LA in September and October.
Here are some ways to join the party.
Fiesta Patrias in Santa Ana
200,000 people show up to this street party on 4th Street in the heart of Santa Ana with top Latin performers.
City of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month Opening Ceremonies
The City of Los Angeles honors the contributions of Latino cultural and civic leaders with an awards ceremony at City Hall and a presentation of the DCA's Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide.
El Grito de Dolores at City Hall and Grand Park
El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Suffering) marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. It is reenacted every year with a historic cry and bell ringing from the steps of LA City Hall.
Mexican Independence Parade and Festival in East LA
The street parade in the morning is followed by a street festival on Mednik between Cesar E. Chavez and First.
Fiestas Patrias Mexican Independence Day on Olvera Street at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.
Friday is entertainment on the gazebo stage at Plaza Kiosko. The rest of the weekend, the event also takes over Los Angeles Street and Main Street.
Aquarium of the Pacific Baja Splash Cultural Festival
The Aquarium’s festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and features dance & music performances, bilingual environmental programs, arts & crafts, and more.