- Look closely at the photo. Describe what you see.
- This is a group of people celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day in Fort Madison, Iowa. The celebrations include fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16. How is Mexican Independence Day similar to the Fourth of July or Juneteenth celebrations? How is it different?
- Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag red, white and green) are flown in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico, and this tradition was brought to Iowa. Why might it be important for immigrants and refugees to carry on traditions from their country of birth?
“Celebrating Mexican Independence Day, Fort Madison, Iowa, ca. 1926,” Migration is Beautiful, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, ca. 1926. Courtesy of Iowa Women’s Archives