The city of El Centro will host its annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration in Bucklin Park on Sept. 14 from 6-9:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and will offer a wide range activities designed to recognize Mexican cultural heritage, including food, dancing and music. Several different mariachi groups will perform. The headliner mariachi will be the norteno band, Aferrados de la Sierra. Featured acts for the event are the Ballet Folklorico from la Casa de la Cultura, and Ballet Folklorico from the Universidad de Baja California. Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is a Mexican holiday celebrating the “cry of independence,” or “el grito de la independencia.” On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo began a revolt against the Spaniards in the town of Dolores in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until Sept. 28, 1821.