Zocalo or Plaza de Armas is Veracruz's most famous square. The site has been a place of gathering for Mexicans since the period of the Aztecs.
It has been the venue for several Mexican ceremonies, multiple viceroys' swearing-ins, military parades, royal proclamations, modern religious events, and independence ceremonies. Throughout its history, Zocalo has undergone multiple incarnations. Gardens, circuses, monuments, tram routes, markets, fountains, etc. were set up and removed several times from the site. The square's current austere appearance was acquired in 1956.
Currently, it's more commonly used for concerts, exhibitions, book fairs, etc. The square is invariably buzzing with activity almost throughout the year.