Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16 of every year. It is the day in 1810 that Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bells of his church in Dolores, Guanajuato, to rally the Mexican troops. The Cry of Dolores began an 11-year war with Spain that eventually resulted in the recognition of Mexico as its own country in August 1821.
Here is a list of events and celebrations in Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day in 2017:
Sept. 13, 15-17 -- Carlos Santana, House of Blues, Mandalay Bay
Sept. 13, 15 and 16 -- Jennifer Lopez, Planet Hollywood
Sept. 14 & 17 -- Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman, The Colosseum, Caesars Palace
Sept. 15 -- Franco Escamilla, The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel
Sept. 15 -- Alejandro Fernandez, T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 15 -- Ricardo Arjona, The Chelesea, The Cosmopolitan
Sept. 15 -- Marco Antonio and Jesse and Joy, Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sept. 15-16 -- Ricky Martin, Park Theater, Monte Carlo
Sept. 15-16 -- Enrique Iglesias, The Colosseum, Caesars Palace
Sept. 15-16 -- MANA, MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sept. 15-16 -- Emmanuel, Encore Theater
Sept. 16 -- Marc Anthony, Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sept. 16 -- Pepe Aguilar, The Chelsea, The Cosmopolitan
Sept. 16 -- Middleweight boxers Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, T-Mobile Arena
BORRACHA MEXICAN CANTINA AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with live music and $10 Hornitos margarita bowls and $8 Hornitos Tequinis at Borracha Mexican Cantina from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 16! Mariachi trio from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and live DJ after 8 p.m.
BORDER GRILL AT THE FORUM SHOPS
In honor of Mexican Independence Day, stop by Border Grill at The Forum Shops for Patron margaritas, $3 tacos, $7 baja ceviche tostaditas and much more from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 15.
CABO WABO CANTINA
Cabo Wabo Cantina will be offering food and drink specials in celebration of Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16. Specialty dishes include the Shrimp Cocktail, Mexican Style, priced at $16.95, and the Lamb Barbacoa Platter, priced at $22.95. Cabo Wabo will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
VISTA Cocktail Lounge at Caesars Palace has five days filled with themed music, giveaways, activations and drink promotions for Mexican Independence Weekend. DJ Gil will entertain the crowd through Sept 17. VISTA will also feature a mariachi band Sept. 15 and Sept. 16.
Guests can stop by Alto Bar to enjoy a live DJ and the official after party for Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzmán at The Colosseum on Sept. 14 and 17 and Enrique Iglesias at The Colosseum on Sept. 15 and 16.
Guests can also head outside to Spanish Steps to enjoy a live DJ and specialty beverages at the Don Julio truck at Roman Plaza Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.
At both Alto Bar and Spanish Steps, there will be specialty themed cocktails for $16, a bucket of 6 Coronas or Modelos for $55, and buy one bottle get one bottle for $100 specials on a variety of drinks.
CHAYO AT THE LINQ PROMENADE
Chayo at The LINQ Promenade will celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend with a taco cart and beer cart near the patio area. The restaurant will show a live broadcast of the President of Mexico re-enacting the "Grito" proclamation, feature a live band from 7 to 10 p.m. and keep the party going with a live DJ from 11 p.m. to close. On Sept. 16, Chayo will have a live band from 1 to 11 p.m. and a DJ from 11 p.m. to close.
EAST LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY CENTER
The East Las Vegas Community Center is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 14. They will kick things off with a free movie at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 and it it with the Hispanic Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14.
FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a ceremony on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. There will be a celebratory ringing of the bell by the Mexican Consul along with a mariachi band and traditional folkloric dancers. The ceremony will take place near the reflecting pool/fountain near the spiral escalator nearest the Las Vegas Strip entrance. Guests who check in at the InVEGAS/ElGritos hospitality and welcome desks and pick up a special wristband will receive special offers from various retailers and restaurants in the Forum Shops.
GRAND CANAL SHOPPES
Enjoy mariachi music from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. In addition, El Grito will participate in the ringing of the bell celebrating the independence at 11 p.m. Sept. 15 in St. Mark's Square. Special offers throughout the month include Chica (two for one well drinks, limit one per guest); Cañonita (buy one, get one Classic Margarita free with any $15 purchase, valid with any $15 purchase, limit one per person); Madame Tussauds Las Vegas (buy one, get one free entry; promo code: MIDBOGO); Minus5 Ice Experience (30 percent off any entry package at Grand Canal Shoppes location only, not combined with other offers); and more. Other retailers with special offers include Diane Von Furstenberg, Guerlain Boutique, Swarovski, Horologio Fine Watches, Johnston & Murphy, Kalifano, Lazarou, Martin & MacArthur, Chapel Hats and Angelo Galasso Couture, to name a few.
HIGH ROLLER OBSERVATION WHEEL
The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, will be illuminated in green, white and red in observance of Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16. The LINQ Promenade will offer various festivities for two days starting Friday, Sept. 15. Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar’s popular taco cart will be on the front patio offering tacos and beer. At midnight, guests will watch a live broadcast of President Enrique Peña Nieto re-enacting the “Grito de Independencia” proclamation. Saturday’s festivities will feature a live band from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., followed by a DJ who will provide late-night entertainment until closing. Throughout the weekend, multiple Promenade locations will also offer quick-service bar carts, including Off The Strip Bistro & Bar, Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery and Virgil’s Real BBQ, which will offer an evening special of $5 Corona, Corona Light and 24-ounce cans of Modelo Especial.
Hussongs Mexican Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and Boca Park is celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16 with food and drink specials. One Michelada and bottomless pozole is $18 at The Shoppes and $15 at Boca Park. Bottomless pozole and Micheladas are $28 at The Shoppes and $25 at Boca Park. There will be live rock 'n' roll mariachi music from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Shoppes and 4 to 6 p.m. at Boca Park.
At all bars, the pool and Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, guests can enjoy a shot of Sauza for $10. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will also have a mariachi band on Saturday to commemorate the holiday.
In recognition of Mexican Independence Day weekend, Sept. 15 - 17, SPEEDVEGAS is offering an exclusive supercar driving experience to commemorate the occasion in exhilarating, flag-inspired fashion. Guests who book the festive package will celebrate the colors of Mexico’s flag as they take to the track for 5 laps in a green Lamborghini Gallardo, 5 laps in a white Porsche 911 GT3 and, finally, 5 laps in a red Ferrari 458 Italia. Priced at $885, this package will thrill motorsports enthusiasts.
Casa Guerrero, the Mexican Patriotic Committee and Station Casinos are hosting the largest celebration of Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas. The free, three-day celebration from Sept. 15 to 17 is open to the public and combines music, local artistry, traditional Mexican crafts, food and fireworks to pay homage to the local Mexican-American community. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. Sept. 15. The festival begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 11 a.m. Sept. 16 and 17.
WYNN RACE & SPORTS BOOK
In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Wynn Las Vegas hosts a weekend of events throughout the resort, including Friday Night Fights at the newly redesigned Wynn Race & Sports Book on Sept. 15 from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Co-hosted by Top Rank, the Classic Boxing Viewing Party will showcase two of history’s most iconic matches on the big screen – the first and third bout of the famed Barrera vs. Morales trilogy. Voted Ring Magazine’s “Fight of the Year” in 2000 and 2004, respectively, guests can relive the action-packed fights alongside photo ops with Wynn models and Top Rank’s official Knockout girls, boxing trivia with the event’s emcee Jake Gutierrez, craft beer, specialty fight-themed cocktails and bites from adjacent Charlie’s Bar + Grill and live entertainment by Mariachi Nogales.
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