Grito de Dolores
El Grito de Dolores - (Cry of Independence)
West Steps, State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Since the late 20th century, the Hidalgo “Grito de Dolores” (Cry of Dolores) has become emblematic of Mexican independence.
This event has since assumed an almost mythic status. Every year, millions of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and fellow revelers from around the world gather late the night before Mexican Independence Day (September 16th) to join a massive synchronized call and response. The Grito de Dolores was uttered from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato in México on September 16, 1810, by Miguel Hidalgo a Roman Catholic Priest as the pronunciamento (declaration) of the Mexican War of Independence. Since 1825, the anniversary of the event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.
Every year on the night of September 15th at around eleven in the evening, the President of México rings the bell of the National Palace in México City. After the ringing of the bell, he repeats a shout of patriotism based upon “El Grito de Dolores", including the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence who were part of that very historical moment 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, also known as the Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world.
After the cry, the President rings the bell again and waves the Flag of México to the applause of the crowd, and is followed by the playing and mass singing of the Himno Nacional Mexicano, the national anthem, with a military band from the Mexican Armed Forces playing. This event draws up to half a million spectators from all over México and tourists worldwide. On the morning of September 16th, or Independence Day, the national military parade takes place.
A similar celebration occurs in cities and towns all over México, and in Mexican embassies and consulates worldwide. The following day, September 16th is Independence Day in México and is considered a patriotic holiday, or fiesta patria. (literally, Patriot Festival or Civic Festival).
Commemorating Padre Hidalgo’s famous “Grito”, this annual event is held in Sacramento on the evening of September 15th on the West Steps of the California State Capitol. Thousands of friends of México, arrive to witness and participate in the reenactment of the famous cry, as it was first pronounced by Hidalgo.
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria!
¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez!
¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros!
¡Viva la independencia nacional!
Enjoy the prideful surge of the people as they gather and lead by community leaders from the balcony of the State Capitol, in chorus to perform El Grito de Dolores!
Admission to the Grito event is free to the public. You and your friends will enjoy the many booth and table exhibits, artifacts, food, musical and artistic presentations and a meaningful international experience.
The Grito de Dolores event also offers excellent volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in lending a hand, let us know by visiting our Volunteer site.