Mexico is smart and has its big Independence Day party on the night of September 15th, then you get the 16th off. That means you have a day to recover from staying up way too late the night before.
Since parties don't start early here, we arrived at the first one around 9. It was at one of our church buildings, although not the one we go to. They were just finishing a program inside so we got in line for the food. They had tables for tamales, tostadas, tacos dorados, elotes, tortas ahogados, drinks, and I don't know what else. We got the first three and they were delicious, of course. Then there was more singing and dancing, but we left around 10:30 to go to the Basilica of Zapopan.
The Basilica was amazing. We got there just as they were doing the Grito, then saw the fireworks and, best of all, a light show on the Basilica. I loved it. Then we looked around a bit more, got some churros, and made it home by 12:30. It was a great evening. And I can't help posting a lot of photos.