Puerto Vallarta Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña led the ceremony of the Grito de Independencia from the balcony of the municipal palace, while about 11,000 Vallartenses and visitors filled Plaza de Armas chanting ¡Viva Mexico! together.
The night of September 15, 1810, is Mexico’s most significant historical, the “Grito de Independencia”, made by priest Don Miguel Hidalgo and Costilla in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato. It was there that Hidalgo called people to take up arms against the Spaniards and liberate Mexico. It was the beginning of the Independence War that lasted 10 years.
At the Puerto Vallarta ceremony, The Secretary General of the City Council, Victor Manuel Bernal Vargas, read the initial report and the declaration of independence.
After a flag ceremony by elements of the Mexican Army, in the presence of councilors and officials, Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña went to the main balcony of the presidency at 11 pm, accompanied by his family, the commander of the 41st Military Zone, the DEM Brigadier General José Alfredo González Rodríguez and Rear Admiral Carlos Eduardo Leglise Escamilla, Chief of Staff of the Eighth Naval Zone, with the representation of Vice Admiral C.G.D.E.M. Luis Mario Ramón Bravo Roman, to honor the heroes of the War of Independence.
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria!
¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez!
¡Viva Aldama y Matamoros!
¡Viva la Independencia Nacional!
¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!
Was the harangue pronounced by the municipal president, who sounded the bell as did the priest Hidalgo when he called on the people of Mexico to take up arms against the Spaniards.
After the Cry of Independence, Arturo Dávalos Peña announced the opening of a series of cultural, sports and tourism events, “to commemorate the hundred years of life of the glorious municipality of Puerto Vallarta, which will end on 31 May 2018 “.
Just after the sky was illuminated by the impressive display of fireworks with patriotic colors and regional music, as the main square and the malecón area became the scene of the party for Mexicans.