It’s Mexican Independence Day! Not Cinco de Mayo

HOUSTON — No, it's not Cinco de Mayo. Friday is Mexican Independence Day!

While May 5 often gets confused as Mexico's day of independence — that holiday belongs to Sept. 16 — Mexican Independence Day goes back to 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo announced the famous "El Grito," or the famous cry for independence from Spain.

University of Houston associate professor Raul Ramos said it's a cause for celebration for all Texans.

"I like to talk about 16 de Septiembre as a Texas holiday as much as it is a Mexican holiday," Ramos said. "If you really think about it, Texas was part of New Spain back in 1810 when Mexico declared its independence, so this is a Texas independence, the first Texas independence you could argue."

On Saturday, the 48th Annual Fiestas Patrias parade will start at 10 a.m. in Downtown Houston. If you want to celebrate tonight, El Big Bad gastrocantina Downtown is hosting a Mexican Independence Day party until 2 a.m.

If you're looking for a way to connect to your Mexican lineage, the Clayton Library Center is putting on the "Researching Your Mexican Ancestor" exhibit until Oct. 15.