Otherwise known as Diez y Seis de Septiembre – which translates to “the 16th of September” – Mexican Independence Day is Mexico’s most patriotic holiday. It marks the day that Mexicans broke away from from Spain and established autonomy. In Mexico, festivities normally include parades, civic ceremonies and lots of fireworks. In Las Vegas, however, the event is commemorated with show-stopping entertainment, and everyone is welcome to join the fiesta. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas to mark the occasion, here are five amazing ways to celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend.
Jennifer Lopez: All I Have
Jennifer Lopez won the hearts of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans everywhere with her endearing breakthrough performance in the movie Selena, where she portrayed the popular Tejano singer. Since then, she has been adopted as something of a “prima” (cousin) among the Mexican masses. The final shows of her Vegas residency continue through September 29. Now is a good time to go before you miss out on what has been hailed as a dazzling experience with plenty of celebrity sightings in the audience.
Of Spanish descent, both Iglesias and his father Julio have had a huge impact on Latin American music, and are beloved by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans alike. While Julio may hold the title of being the Latin American artist with the most records sold in history, it is Enrique who is considered the King of Latin Pop. Wear your comfiest cha-cha shoes, as Iglesias’ club music is sure to have you on your feet all night long. You get two nights to dance with this papí, as he plays back-to-back shows September 15 and 16.
An Intimate Evening with Carlos Santana: Greatest Hits Live
House of Blues
Considered one of the greatest guitarists in the world, having learned from his father, a mariachi musician, Carlos Santana showcases his rock and Latin American jazz fusion in an intimate venue. With classic hits like “Black Magic Woman” and “Evil Ways,” longtime fans will enjoy experiencing nostalgic musical moments strengthened by the power of Santana’s talents, while dancing the night away just feet from the rock legend.
Canelo vs GGG 2
After the Cinco de Mayo boxing rematch between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin (aka GGG) was canceled, boxing fans were left wondering if Canelo can beat down GGG again. On September 15, that question will be answered. One of the common traditions of Mexican Independence Day is the “grito,” a howl of joy, and there is no better place to scream with excitement than at a fight as two men battle it out to proclaim who is the most macho.
Mastering both Latin pop and Mexican folk music, Alejandro “El Potrillo” (The Colt) Fernández has created a wonderful balance between building his own artistic identity and walking in the footsteps of his father, Vicente Fernández. With a career that spans over 20 years, Fernández takes to the Vegas stage on September 15. Expect lots of romantic ballads, old school ranchera and plenty of musical opportunities to celebrate Mexican independence.