You may only celebrate independence day on July 4th every year, but some in Rockford use this weekend to mark their own freedom.
Today Rockford Mexican Americans celebrated the Mexican Independence day in Levings Park with traditional Mexican music and food.
The event hosted a Mexican Consulate to re-enact the Grito de Dolores, a speech which proclaimed Mexico's independence after 300 years under Spanish rule.
"We celebrate our own individual Mexican feast, but by the same token we are parts of the fabric of Rockford," said Vincent Rangel of the Northern Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "And we're proud to be here. And we appreciate folks coming to see our event and recognize that we have a history too."
Many often mistake Cinco de Mayo for Mexico's Independence Day, but Mexico actually gained independence from Spain on September 15, 1810.