¡Viva México! Live Stream Online Video: Celebrate Independence Day With 'El Grito' From El Zocalo

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Celebrate Mexico's Independence Day with the traditional 'grito' live from el Zocalo. Getty

¡Viva México! is what you'll be hearing all day today if you are celebrating the Independence Day of our neighbors down south. The traditional celebration has all of the Mexican citizens gathering at the Zócalo plaza in México City. The President then does what is called "El Grito" based on "El Grito De Dolores" which is what started the Mexican War Of Independence in 1810.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and several criollos were involved in a planned revolt against the Spanish colonial government, when several plotters were killed. Fearing his arrest, Hidalgo commanded his brother Mauricio, as well as Ignacio Allende and Mariano Abasolo to go with a number of other armed men to make the sheriff release the pro-independence inmates there on the early morning of September 16. They managed to set 80 free. Around 6:00 am, on September 16, 1810, Hidalgo ordered the church bells to be rung and gathered his congregation. Flanked by Allende and Juan Aldama, he addressed the people in front of his church, urging them to revolt.

The Siege of Guanajuato, the first major engagement of the insurgency, occurred 4 days later. Mexico's independence would not be effectively declared from Spain in the Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire until September 28, 1821, after a decade of war. Former royal officer Augustín de Iturbide in alliance with insurgents including Vicente Guerrero achieved Mexican independence, but Hidalgo is credited as being the "father of his country."

This year, Enrique Peña Nieto will be ringing the bell of the National Palace and preside the remembrance on a balcony as everyone screams back ¡Viva! The "grito" is then followed by confetti and fireworks that light up the sky in beautiful green, white and red colors.

All of this celebration is televised for those of you missing home and who can't be present for the big event. You can live stream the celebrations starting at 11:00pm Mexico time on Grito Independencia Mexico.

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.