Mexican Independence Day is right here: How September 16 indicates a 'moment of hope' for Mexico

 Sept. 16 marks the day when Miguel Hidalgo called for independence from Spain in 1810.

 Mexico's fight for independence was different than the United States' Revolutionary War.

 Mexican Independence Day often gets overshadowed or confused with Cinco de Mayo.

For some, Sept. 16 may just be another day in the United States, but across the border, it signifies one of the most important days in Mexico's history.

The day commemorates when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo in 1810 made the cry for independence hours after midnight by giving a riveting speech in the town of Dolores

The moment, which became known as the "Grito de Dolores," was the start of the 11-year Mexican War of Independence that resulted in Mexico gaining freedom from Spain after being under colonial rule for over 300 years.

Those unfamiliar with the holiday may see comparisons to the U.S. Declaration of Independence.