Interim Mayor Gonzalo González delivered an emotional Cry for Independence, even though this was the second year in a row it was done in front of a practically empty main square. The entire program was carried virtually, and only those directly involved participated in the event.
The rain did not interrupt any part of the protocol, nor did it extinguish the symbolic flame representing the message of freedom that runner Osvaldo Pérez carried from Querétaro. Mayor González stepped out onto the balcony of Allende’s house, shouted out the short independence slogan, rang the bell, and the fireworks began. The pyrotechnic display was launched from six points in the urban area, and people from communities throughout the city were able to see them.
Also for the second year, there were no civic or military parades on a normal scale. However, there was an abbreviated version of the reenactment of the Entrance of the Insurgents, which commemorated when Hidalgo and Allende arrived to take over the Villa de San Miguel el Grande, accompanied by a mass of supporters. The independence festivities ended with folk dances and a fireworks display that delighted many.