Mexican Independence Day Festival 2023

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Mexican Cultural Center will host the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival on September 10, 2023 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Penn’s Landing as part of the PECO Multicultural Series. With more than 13,000 attendees, this festival is the largest event celebrating the Independence of Mexico in the Delaware Valley and it is recognized by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation as the largest one-day cultural festival held at Penn’s Landing.

The day features events such as “El Grito,” a Mexican Independence Day tradition recalling the moment when Father Hidalgo rang the church bells marking the start of the Mexican War of Independence. City officials and prominent dignitaries will join the Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, Consul Carlos Obrador, for this civic ceremony.

This popular festival celebrates not only Mexican Independence, but also Mexican culture and heritage, which will be highlighted through traditional Mexican artisan crafts, folkloric and mariachi performances, activities for children, and popular music performances. During the event, attendees can also enjoy traditional Mexican food provided by local vendors. It is important to note that the recipient of the Dr. Jose Castillo Scholarship will be announced during the festival.

Don’t miss this popular event and its grand finale, a fireworks show in the Great Plaza at 8:00 p.m.!

For more information, please contact:  Virginia Rivera Hernández, Director of Programs, Mexican Cultural Center, (215) 592-0410, and/or Ivette Compeán,

Executive Director, Mexican Cultural Center, (215) 592-0410,

Main Sponsors: TBD; PECO; Delaware River Waterfront Corporation; Bimbo; Wells Fargo; PA Lottery, Univision; Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; El Sol.


About the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation: DRWC is a 501(c)(3) created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, program and maintain public amenities such as permanent and seasonal parks, trails, and streetscape improvements to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia as is consistent with the goals of the Master Plan for Central Delaware. Daily programming throughout the entire year is changing the way Philadelphians see and converse about the waterfront, and is helping to create spaces and communities that connect residents and visitors to the waterfront.    

 About PECO: Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

About the Mexican Cultural Center:  The Mexican Cultural Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to promoting understanding and awareness of the cultural and artistic diversity of Mexico and its influence in the Delaware Valley in the United States. Founded in 1994, the Center is a supporter of the increasing Mexican Community in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware and serves as a networking hub for those interested in Mexican Culture. The MCC is supported by contributions from corporations, individuals, memberships and self-generated revenue. 

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