You can get a beer over the Fourth of July holiday in Tijuana. Even though the Mexican federal election is being held on July 1, and this normally warrants a closure of bars and a general ban on the sale of liquor for a few days, various interest groups convinced Tijuana’s city council to rescind the ban.
Government secretary Robert Alcide Beltrones Rivera said the decision not to suspend the sale of alcohol resulted from a compromise between five councils and the state government.
“To achieve this, we took into account the good results obtained in recent local and federal elections as well as the large influx of tourism that is expected in the city during the weekend, since it coincides with the festivities of Independence Day United States of America,” he said. “Another reason why we made this determination was the experience gained in the last four elections — local and federal — in which it was not necessary to prohibit the sale of alcohol in the state, as the citizenship demonstrated a high sense of responsibility and civility, running an orderly and peaceful election.”
On Mexican election days in previous years, popular tourist districts like the Zona Norte, with its dozens of nightclubs, were “lights out,” disappointing many an unknowledgeable traveler. Women plying “the world’s oldest profession” were obligated to crowd up in hotel doorways and beckon to the few tourists who were willing to roam the relatively vacant streets.