What to do Sept 15th & 16th for Mexican Independence Day in Merida, Yucatan

The month of September has arrived and with it the patriotic atmosphere is in the air, but especially on the eve of September 15th and the day of September 16th which are the historic and festive days for all Mexicans. 

Colorful and striking decorations are placed on the main streets and squares of every major city, town or village, flags are carried by children in schools, institutions prepare dances and regional costumes and restaurants get ready for “Noche Mexicana”, some with live music and traditional mariachis. There is green, white and red everywhere.

Merida on September 15th at 10:45pm in La Plaza Grande (Calle 60 x 61 y 63)

Thousands of Yucatecans fill the Plaza Grande to celebrate this national holiday, from the main balcony of the Government Palace, Governor Mauricio Vila will reenact the “Cry of Dolores” speech of Miguel de Hildago first made on Sept 16th 1810. With the national flag in his hands, in front of thousands of children, youth and adults, the Governor will bring in the night waving the flag and exclaiming: 


¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria!

¡Viva Hidalgo!

¡Viva Morelos!

¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez!

¡Viva Allende!

¡Viva Aldama y Matamoros!

¡Viva la Independencia Nacional!

¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!

And after each phrase you can hear the “Viva!” from the crowd. It’s quite the sight and is very exciting!

The spirit of the attendees reaches a euphoric level, which is heard with shouts of joy and rattles, to later give place to the singing of the National Anthem, a special moment that can be heard in the surroundings of the heart of the Historic Center of Mérida.

After returning the national flag and concluding the formal act, the firework show starts and patriotic colors light up the sky of the Yucatecan capital.

Merida on September 16th the Raising of the Flag & Military Parade

If you haven’t stayed up too late on September 15th you can get up bright and early to catch the raising of the national flag on September 16th at 7am by Mayor Renan Barrera at La Plaza Grande (Calle 60 y 62 x 61 y 63). After that the civic-military parade will commemorate the beginning of the  Independence movement in the plaza grande, with the participation of students from primary, middle and high school, as well as police and more than 1000 the Armed Forces.

So where are the parties on Eve of the 15th?

There are lots of things going on the evening of September 15th and during the day of September 16th. And below you can find a list of activities for all interests. 

A great plaza to hang out try different food from the various restaurants, go shopping for clothes and artisan products and listen to Mariachi Music on Sept 15th! Paseo 60 has something for the whole family and is pet friendly! The happenings start at 9:15pm

C. 60 346, Zona Paseo Montejo


Party on the Rooftop! With one of the best views in the city. Kioyu Sky Lounge on the rooftop of the Marriott will be having a Mexican Buffet, DJ and Live Mariachi $850 adults $350 minors / 7:30pm and firework show. Should be an awesome night!

Av. Colón 504, Centro, 

A great venue for food, art, cine and nightlife at Gallos you will find DJ’s Viva la Cumbia Sonido Lagarta y La Juls Tarará Sept 15th starting at 9:30pm (no cover)

C. 63 x 50 y 52

A favorite spot at the Remate on the rootop Terrace and El Gato bar will be having a major party with awesome International DJ Lemurian, Andec Ivanarandah, James Banks in the Terrace Rooftop and in El Gato Gaby Silva and Luisifer .  Cover: $400 pesos Link to tickets: https://events.liveit.io/route-mx/oncenio/

Calle 47 x Paseo de Montejo

Catrin always has a fun party! This Mexican restaurant that is decorated with the festive colors a Latin music always playing from the speakers will be a hot spot on Sept 15. They will have mariachi, surprises for their guests, DJ and lots of food and fun.

Reservations: 999 518 1725

Calle 47 x 52 y 54

If you are looking to experience great national spirits and wines and want a chill place to get the experience, Botilleria bar and store is a great option to start the night. They will be having Mezcal tastings, tequilas and other Mexican spirits, as well as promos on all bottles of alcohol.

Calle 56 x 53 Corner

A great gastropub with excellent food and drinks and at two locations on in Paseo 60 and another in City Center, Querreke will be having parties and happenings on both September 15th & 16th.

At Paseo 60 on the 15th they will have mariachis and parties in the whole plaza. Sept 16th Mexican Rock tribute, Mariachi, Banda pa’la banda

At City Center on the 15th Tribute to Mexican Rock, Mariachi & Banda pa’la banda. Sept 16th Mariachi, Parties in the whole City Center plaza and Banda pa’la banda

City Center is on Garcia Lavin

Paseo 60 Calle 60 x 35 Centro

One of the coolest cantinas in town just a block from the Mejorada on Calle 50 x 55, Lagarto de Oro. They will be celebrating this Independence Day with a Mechanical Bull starting at 6pm! The best bull riders get a prize and there will be a SURPRISE DJ! Also Specials on mezcal shots and a festive patriotic atmosphere!

Open 12pm-2am

Reservations Whatsapp: 999 912 6283

C. 50 entre Calle 55, Centro

For Sept 15th and 16th this small and cozy mezcal bar will be offering a beer with mezcal and mezcales 2X1. It’s a perfect spot to pop by on these days and celebrate the amazing Mexican mezcal! 

Calle 56 x 53 y 55 (across from Botilleria)

For a lovely evening in a beautiful hacienda setting, you can head on Sept 15th to Hacienda Xcanatun for Noche Mexicana! There will be a Mexican food buffet, fair games for kids, for adults they give a welcome mezcal drink and live music will be playing in the restaurant Casa de Piedra.

Cost is $949 adults,  kids 6- 11 years get 50% desc. The drinks are charged separately.

Reservations Whatsapp: 999 640 5243

Hacienda Xcantun by Angsana, Carr. Mérida – Progreso 12, 97210 Mérida, Yuc.

Patio Petanca celebrates Independence Day Sept 16th! 

Come celebrate in this fun and casual outdoor venue with the petanca courts, great music, drinks and vibes. They have tacos and great Mexican food on the menu as well as promos and drinks! 

C. 57 x 48 on the Corner

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