Mexico's Independence Day
Mexico celebrates its independence every September 16 with parades, festivals, feasts, parties and more. Long before 1810, Mexicans had begun to chafe under Spanish rule. To the north, the United States had won its independence decades before, and many Mexicans felt they could, too. In 1808, Creole patriots saw their chance when Napoleon invaded Spain and imprisoned Ferdinand VII. This allowed Mexican and South American rebels to set up their own governments and yet claim loyalty to the imprisoned Spanish King.