Record numbers of "oohs" and "ahhs" in Tijuana's Zona Norte on Saturday night
On Saturday night, July 4th, a fireworks show erupted at approximately ten o'clock in the Zona Norte area of Tijuana.
Fireworks displays in Mexico are usually reserved for occasions such as Mexican Independence Day on September 16th and in celebration of the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 1st.
The rather large display appeared to have been executed by pyrotechnic professionals, and the rockets were launched from the roof of what is perhaps the largest strip joint in Tijuana, the Hong Kong Gentlemen's Club (called “the Hong Kong” by locals and frequent visitors from the U.S.). The establishment will celebrate it's 25th anniversary on July 22nd, according to the club's website, although no celebration details were given.
"It doesn't bother me," a nearby parking attendant said when asked if celebrating the independence of another country mattered to him. "I mean, look around, on any weekend there are as many Americans here as there are Mexicans."
Attempts to talk with a manager the next day were denied in person and by telephone. The company website was vague about the event, only reading, "Be a true American Patriot, come to Mexico for the weekend!"
A man working security at the door said, "It was for the July 4th only." When asked if there was any other significance to the display, he refused to answer any more questions.
Fireworks are not legal in Tijuana, but small fireworks such as firecrackers and bottle rockets can easily be found and are sold under the table. The setting off of small fireworks is not strictly enforced; for larger pyrotechnic devices, a permit is required for both the devices and the location.
The Hong Kong features three levels for the entertainment and a large hotel on the upper stories of the tall building. The span of the club is wide enough to have entrances on the two parallel streets of Calle Coahuila and Calle Callejon.
Other strip clubs sometimes display American flags or roll out other more cheesy reminders of American Independence Day. A lit seven-foot-tall statue of Lady Liberty, for example, was anchored on the sidewalk in front of Club Adelita during the weekend, but a fireworks display is a first.